Real Decree 907/2007, Of 6 July, Which Approves The Regulation Of The Hydrological Planning.

Original Language Title: Real Decreto 907/2007, de 6 de julio, por el que se aprueba el Reglamento de la Planificación Hidrológica.

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Article 129 of the law 62/2003, of 30 December, administrative fiscal measures and social order, proceeded to the modification of the text of the Water Act, approved by Royal Legislative Decree 1/2001, of 20 July, in order to incorporate into our legal system Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council October 23, 2000, by which establishes a Community framework in the field of water policy.

Under such standard were made corresponding amendments in title III of the revised text of the Water Act, corresponding to the hydrological planning. In particular articles 40, 41 and 42 were amended and introduced article 40 bis. Modifications were also introduced in other titles that are in intimate relation with the hydrological planning process and achieve their goals, as the new definition of watershed and the introduction of the concept of river basin district (articles 16 and 16 bis), changes in the public administration of water, with the creation of the water Board of the demarcation and the Committee of competent authorities (articles 35 (, 36 and 36 bis), new environmental objectives, the State of the water masses and the programmes of measures for the achievement of such objectives (articles 92 bis, 92 ter and 92 quater), the registry of protected areas (article 99 bis), the introduction expresses the principle of recovery of the costs of services related to the management of the waters (article 111 bis) or the deadlines for the achievement of the environmental objectives and public participation) provisions additional eleventh and twelfth).

Subsequently, law 11/2005 of 22 June, by which modifies Law 10/2001 of 5 July of the National Hydrological Plan, modified the wording of paragraph 1.b.c') of article 42 of the revised text of the Water Act, establishing a definition of Instream and the figure of River nature reserves, and added a new paragraph 5 to article 46 relative to the hydraulic works of general interest.

The legal framework of the hydrological planning is completed with the regulation of the public administration of water and the hydrological planning, approved by Royal Decree 927/1988, of July 29, in development of titles II and III of the water law, and with the order of 24 September 1992, by which approve complementary technical recommendations for the development of intercommunity basins hydrological plans and instructions.

In compliance with that stipulated in the law 29/1985, 2 of August, waters by means of the Royal Decree 1664 / 1998, of 24 July, approved the management plans of the North I, North II, North III, Duero, Tajo, Guadiana I, Guadiana II, Guadalquivir, South, Segura, Júcar, Ebro and intra-basins of Catalonia. Later, by Royal Decree 378/2001, of 6 April, approved the Hydrological Plan for the Balearic Islands and by Royal Decree 103/2003, of 24 January, Galicia-coast Hydrological Plan was approved.

The normative content of these plans became public through the ministerial orders of 13 August 1999 (plans of North, Duero, Tajo, Guadiana, Guadalquivir, Segura, Júcar and Ebro) and 6 September 1999 (plan of the South), and by an edict of the Board of waters of the generality of Catalonia of 16 March 1999 (plan for the internal basins of Catalonia).

Finally, the planning scheme provided for in the law 29/1985, 2 of August, waters, was completed with the approval of the National Hydrological Plan by law 10/2001, of 5 July, which was subsequently amended by law 11/2005 of 22 June.

In the framework, and with the aim of fulfilling the mandates contained in the text of the Water Act and Directive 2000/60/EC, as well as the Decision 2455/2001/EC, is drawn up the regulation of the planning hydrological which replaces, among others, and fundamentally, the provisions laid down in title II of the regulation of the public administration of water and the hydrological planning. Amending this regulation had already been announced in the sole additional provision of Royal Decree 1664 / 1998, of 24 July, with object, but with limited scope comparing then-current planning processes with the new requirements of Directive 2000/60/EC, of simplifying the permanent process of updating of the river basin management plans.

The regulation approving now refers exclusively to the hydrological planning and do not develop the corresponding to the public water management aspects. This circumstance involves the need to coordinate this regulatory development with the changes that occur in the regulation of the public administration of water, given the special links that logically occur between both regulations, and must be taken into account, however, the recent promulgation of the Royal Decrees 125/2007, of February 2, whereby the territorial area of the river basin is set , and 126/2007, of the same date, by which regulate the composition, functioning and allocation of committees of competent authorities of river basins with intercommunity basins.

Regulatory development occurs in the light of the amendments made to the revised text of the law of waters and those aspects of Directive 2000/60/EC related to the hydrological planning which, by its excessive detail, were not incorporated into the transposition which resulted in modification, in 2003, of the revised text of the Water Act. The new regulation of the hydrological planning based on the existing regulation in order to save the greater possible coherence with all regulatory body of the right to water. For this reason, the text responds to the mandates of regulatory development contained in the revised text of the Water Act, taking as basic pillars the current regulation of the public water management and hydrological planning and Directive 2000/60/CE.

Another recent change to our legal system, produced by the entry into force of law 9/2006 of 28 April, on assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment, must also be taken into account, for the purpose of coordinating procedures and proceedings therein provided with those governing this regulation.

In addition to the above, he has deemed the experience accumulated in water planning processes carried out in Spain. In this regard it should be noted the importance of the report that the national water Council issued on the existing basin hydrological plans in 1998 and whose recommendations have been present when drafting the amendments proposed. Equally, the experience gained from participation in the common strategy for the implementation of the directive can be cited water framework agreed on 24 October 2000 by the Member States, Norway and the European Commission and, in particular, its application in the case of the pilot basin of Jucar.

Finally, and as it is logical, have taken into account the pronouncements in the Spanish law related to the hydrological planning, in particular the judgment of the 118/1998 Constitutional Court of June 4, positive competition conflict promoted by the Government of the Basque country, by the Executive Council of the Government of Catalonia and the Governing Council of the Regional Council of Cantabria in relation to the existing regulation of the public administration of the Water and the hydrological planning.

On the other hand, article 100.2 of the revised text of the Water Act requires the application of the combined approach in the drafting of discharge authorisations. This principle is not contemplated in article 256 of the regulation of the hydraulic public domain, so that a new wording is necessary as is done in article 51 of the regulation which approves.

The project preserves the competences in the field of merchant shipping provided for in the Act 27/1992, of November 24, the State ports and merchant marine, assigned to the State by article 149.1.20. ª of the Constitution. Thus, its fourth final provision empowers the Ministry of development to its application and development in its own field, and therefore in matters of maritime safety, navigation, human life at sea and of prevention and fight against pollution of the marine environment and maritime transport, in accordance with the provisions of the Act 27/1992 22 November, the State ports and merchant marine, as well as in sectoral legislation.

In terms of the formal structure of the regulation it has organized in a preliminary title followed by other four titles. The preliminary title contains general provisions and trafficking of the objectives and criteria of the hydrological planning, territorial scope and definitions. The title first addresses the substantive aspects of the hydrological planning, on the basis of the contents of the management plans. The second title is dedicated to procedural aspects of elaboration and approval of the management plans and the third title to the monitoring and review procedures. Finally, the fourth title is devoted to the effects of plans.

The regulation has been informed favorably by the plenum of the national water Council held on 30 October 2006.
By virtue, on the proposal of the Minister of environment, according to the Council of State and after deliberation by the Council of Ministers at its meeting of July 6, 2007.

I have: Single article. Approval of the regulation of the hydrological planning.

Approves the regulation of the hydrological planning, whose text is included below.

Sole repeal provision. Repeal legislation.

They are hereby repealed many provisions of equal or lower rank to oppose provisions of this Royal Decree, and in particular: to) articles 2.2 and 4 and title II of the regulation of the public administration of water and the hydrological planning, development of titles II and III of the Water Act, approved by Royal Decree 927/1988 , July 29.

(b) article 256 of the regulation of the hydraulic public domain, that develops the titles preliminary, I, IV, V, VI and VIII of the law 29/1985, 2 of August, waters, approved by Royal Decree 849/1986, of 11 April.

First final provision. Competence Foundation.

1 articles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.1, 10, 15, 16, 17.2, 19.1, 40, 42.1, 64, 65, 66.1, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 76.1, 78.1, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87.3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, 89.2, 4 and 5, 90, 91.1 and 3 of this regulation are basic in character and are issued on the basis of article 149.1.13. ª of the Spanish Constitution reserving to the State competition in terms of bases and coordination of the general planning of economic activity.

2. the articles 23.1, 24.1, 2 and 4, 25.1 and 2, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 43, 44, 55, 59.3 of this regulation are basic in character and are issued on the basis of article 149.1.23. ª of the Spanish Constitution, which reserves to the State competition in basic legislation on protection of the environment , without prejudice to the powers of the autonomous communities to establish additional standards of protection.

3. the remaining articles of this regulation are issued on the basis of article 149.1.22. ª of the Spanish Constitution, which reserves to the State jurisdiction over the legislation, management and grant resources and hydraulic exploitations when waters run by more than one autonomous community.

Second final provision. Temporal development.

The temporal development of the measures provided for in the standard will be based on the economic availability autonomous communities, provided that this solution is compatible with the coordination of actions between competent authorities and with the proviso that the competent administrations shall ensure that they will reach environmental objectives intended for bodies of water by the year 2015.

Third final provision. Incorporation of European Union law.

He joined the Spanish law Directive 2000/60/EC, of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 by means of this regulation.

Fourth final provision. Enabling legislation.

It authorizes the Minister of the environment and the Minister of development, within the scope of their respective competencies, to dictate how many provisions necessary for the implementation and development of the regulation of the hydrological planning.

Fifth final provision. Entry into force.

This Royal Decree shall enter into force the day following its publication in the "Official Gazette".

Given in Madrid, on July 6, 2007.

JUAN CARLOS R.

Environment Minister CRISTINA NARBONA RUIZ regulation planning HYDROLOGICAL title preliminary provisions general article 1. Objectives and criteria of the hydrological planning.

1. the water planning objectives shall get in good condition and adequate protection of the public water and waters subject to the consolidated text of the Water Act, approved by Royal Legislative Decree 1/2001, of 20 July, the satisfaction of demands for water, balance and harmonization of regional and sectoral development by increasing the availability of the resource, protecting its quality, saving their jobs and streamlining their uses in harmony with the environment and other natural resources.

2. for the achievement of the objectives referred to in the preceding paragraph, the hydrological planning will be guided by criteria of sustainability in the use of water through integrated management and long-term water resources protection, prevention of the deterioration of the status of waters, protection and improvement of the aquatic environment and aquatic ecosystems and reduce pollution. In addition, the hydrological planning will contribute to mitigating the effects of floods and droughts.

3. the water policy is to service strategies and sectoral plans that established public authorities, without prejudice to the rational and sustainable management of the resource which must be applied by the Ministry of the environment, or by the competent water authorities, on different applications which will condition any authorisation, concession or future infrastructure requested.

Article 2. Territorial scope.

1. the planning will be made by the river basin management plans and the National Hydrological Plan. The territorial scope of each river basin management plan shall be coincident with the of the relevant river basin district.

2. in the case of international river basins that do not develop an international river basin management plan, the territorial scope of the hydrological plan will be that of the Spanish part of the demarcation.

Article 3. Definitions.

For the purposes of the hydrological planning and the protection of waters subject to the revised text of the Water Act means: to) aquifer: one or more underground layers of rock or other geological strata that have sufficient porosity and permeability to allow either a significant flow of groundwater or the abstraction of significant quantities of groundwater.

(b) inland waters: all waters on the surface of the land, and all groundwater on the landward side of the line that serves as a basis for measuring the breadth of territorial waters.

(c) surface water: inland waters, except groundwater; transitional waters and coastal waters, and, in what refers to the chemical state, also the territorial waters.

(d) underground waters: all waters that are under the surface of the ground in the saturation zone and in direct contact with the ground or subsoil.

(e) good quantitative groundwater status: the quantitative status achieved by a groundwater body when the average annual rate of extraction in the long term do not exceed available water resources and is not subject to anthropogenic alterations that can impede the objectives for associated surface waters environmental, significant to associated terrestrial ecosystems damages may arise or which may cause an alteration of the flow generated by salinization or other intrusions.

(f) good ecological status: the status of a body of surface water whose biological quality indicators show low levels of distortion caused by human activity, only slightly deviating from the values normally associated with capacities of the corresponding body type. The hydromorphological indicators are consistent with the achievement of these values and physico-chemical indicators are within the ranges of values which guarantee the functioning of the type-specific ecosystem and the achievement of the values of the biological indicators specified above. In addition contaminant concentrations do not exceed the established standards.

(g) good chemical groundwater status: the chemical status achieved by a groundwater body whose chemical composition features effects of salinity or other intrusions, not exceeds the established quality standards, does not prevent the associated surface waters to reach the environmental objectives and does not cause damage significant to associated terrestrial ecosystems.

(h) good chemical status of surface waters: the chemical status achieved by a body of surface water that complies with the environmental quality standards for priority and priority hazardous substances in the control points, as well as the rest of established environmental quality standards.

(i) good ecological potential: the status of a body of water very modified or artificial whose biological quality indicators show slight changes in comparison with the values corresponding to the most closely comparable body type. The hydromorphological indicators are consistent with the achievement of these values and physico-chemical indicators are within the ranges of values which guarantee the functioning of the ecosystem and the achievement of the values of the biological indicators specified above. In addition contaminant concentrations do not exceed the established standards.

(j) environmental flow: flow that contributes to achieve good status or good ecological potential in rivers or in the waters of transition and maintains, as a minimum, fish life that naturally would inhabit or could live in the River, as well as its riparian vegetation.

(k) water demand: volume of water, in quantity and quality, that users are willing to acquire to meet a specific objective of production or consumption. This volume will be a function of factors such as the price of the services, the level of income, the type of activity, technology or other.
(l) State of surface waters: the general expression of the status of a body of surface water, determined by the poorer of its ecological status and its chemical status.

(m) State of groundwater: the general expression of the status of a body of groundwater, determined by the poorer of its quantitative status and its chemical status.

(n) ecological status: an expression of the quality of the structure and functioning of aquatic ecosystems associated with surface waters.

(o) the quantitative status of groundwater: an expression of the extent to which a body of groundwater to direct and indirect abstractions.

(p) surface water body: some discrete and significant element of surface water, such as a Lake, a reservoir, a stream, river or canal, part of a stream, river or canal, a transitional water or a stretch of coastal water.

(q) body of groundwater: a distinct volume of groundwater within an aquifer or aquifers.

(r) artificial water body: a body of surface water created by human activity.

(s) heavily modified water body: a body of surface water which as a result of physical alterations by human activity, has experienced a substantial change in its nature.

(t) maximum ecological potential: the status of a body of water very artificial or modified where relevant biological quality indicators reflect, to the extent possible, those corresponding to the most closely comparable surface water body type, given physical conditions resulting from the artificial or heavily modified characteristics of the water body. In addition, that the hydromorphological indicators are consistent with the achievement of these values and physico-chemical indicators correspond totally or nearly totally to the unaltered type most closely comparable water body conditions.

(u) very good ecological status: the status of a body of surface water whose biological quality indicators shows the values normally associated with the type of dough in unaltered condition and show no signs of distortion, or show signs of minor importance. In addition, there are anthropogenic alterations to the values of the indicators hydromorphological and physico-chemical for the surface water body type, or there are very minor alterations.

(v) ecological potential: an expression of the quality of the structure and functioning of aquatic ecosystems associated with a heavily modified or artificial water body.

(w) significant pressure: pressure that exceeds a defined threshold from which can be put at risk the fulfilment of environmental goals in a body of water.

(x) available groundwater resources: average annual value of the rate of overall recharge of the body of groundwater, less annual flow required to achieve the objectives of ecological quality associated with surface water, to avoid any significant diminution in the ecological status of such waters and any significant damage to associated terrestrial ecosystems.

and) water-related services: all activities related to the management of the waters that make it possible to use, such as extraction, storage, driving, treatment and distribution of surface water or groundwater, as well as the collection and sewage, which subsequently discharge into surface waters. In addition, shall be understood as services the activities derived from the protection of people and property against flooding.

(z) sub-basin: the area of land from which all surface run-off flows through a series of streams, rivers and, possibly, lakes to a particular point of a watercourse (normally a lake or a river confluence).

AA) uses of water: different kinds of utilization of the resource, as well as any other activity that may have significant impact on the State of the waters. For the purposes of the application of the principle of recovery of costs, the uses of the water should be considered, at least supply of stocks, industrial applications and agricultural applications.

Title I content chapter I content of the basin hydrological plans section 1 compulsory content of the article 4 basin hydrological plans. Mandatory content of the river basin management plans.

The river basin management plans shall include mandatory: a) general description of the river basin, including: to ') for both inland and coastal surface waters and transition, maps with boundaries and location, ecoregions, types and terms of reference. In the case of artificial and heavily modified waters, will include also conducive motivation such qualification.

(b') for groundwater, maps with the location and boundaries of bodies of water.

(c') the inventory of surface and underground resources including their hydrological regimes and the basic characteristics of water quality.

((b) general description of the uses, pressures and significant anthropogenic effects on the waters, including: a') uses and existing demands with an estimation of pressures on the quantitative status of water, punctual and diffuse source pollution, including a summary of land use, and other significant conditions of human activity.

(b') the criteria of priority and compatibility of applications, as well as the order of preference among the various uses and exploitations.

(c') allocation and reservation of resources for applications and current demands and future, as well as for the preservation or recovery of the natural environment. To this effect they will determine ecological flows and fluvial nature reserves, with the purpose of preserving, without alterations, those stretches of rivers with little or no human intervention. These reserves shall strictly confine public water property.

(d') the definition of a system of exploitation that is unique for each plan, in which, in a simplified manner, all partial systems are included, and which makes possible is the comprehensive analysis of behavior.

(c) the identification and maps of protected areas.

(d) the monitoring networks established for the monitoring of the status of surface waters, groundwaters and protected areas, and the results of this control.

(e) the list of the environmental objectives for surface waters, groundwaters and protected areas, including the deadlines set for their achievement, the identification of conditions for exceptions and extensions, and its supplementary information.

(f) a summary of the economic analysis of the use of water, including a description of situations and reasons that may allow exceptions in the application of the principle of cost recovery.

((g) a summary of the programmes of measures adopted to achieve the objectives, including: a') a summary of the measures required to implement the legislation on water protection, including separately concerning drinking water.

(b') a report on practical actions and measures taken for the application of the principle of recovery of the costs of water use.

(c') a summary of controls on extraction and storage of water, including the records and identification of control exceptions.

(d') a summary of controls provided on point discharges and other activities with emphasis on the State of the water, including the management of direct and indirect discharges to the public water domain and waters subject to protection by the revised text of the Water Act, without prejudice to the exclusive State competence in discharges with origin and destination in the marine environment.

(e') an identification of cases that you have authorised direct discharges to the underground water.

(f') a summary of measures taken with respect to priority substances.

(g') a summary of the measures taken to prevent or reduce the impact of accidental pollution incidents.

(h') a summary of the measures taken for bodies of water with little chance of achieving the environmental objectives.

(i') details of accompanying measures considered necessary to meet the environmental objectives, including the perimeters of protection and the measures for the conservation and recovery of the resource and environment affected.

(j') details of the measures taken to prevent an increase in pollution of marine waters.

(k') guidelines for charging and protection of aquifers.

(l') the basic rules on improvements and changes in irrigation which ensure the best use of all available land and water resources.

(m') the criteria for evaluation of energy use and fixing of the conditions required for its execution.

(n') criteria for studies, performances and works to prevent and avoid damages due to floods, avenues and other hydraulic phenomena.

(or ') basic infrastructure required by the plan.

(h) a register of programs and more detailed management plans concerning sub-basins, sectors, issues or water types, together with a summary of their contents. Expressly include the relevant determinations for the river basin management plan arising from the National Hydrological Plan.

(i) a summary of the public information and consultation taken, their results and consequent changes to the plan.

(j) a list of the designated competent authorities.
(k) the points of contact and procedures to obtain the base documentation and information required by public consultations.

Section 2 Overview of the river basin article 5. Identification and delimitation of bodies of surface water.

1. in each river basin shall be determined the location and boundaries of bodies of surface water and a characterization of these masses will take place through their classification into categories and types. You can group different bodies of surface waters for the purposes of this characterisation. The location and boundaries of bodies of surface water will be defined by a geographic information system.

2. the bodies of surface water within each river basin are to be classified in the category of rivers, lakes, transitional waters or coastal waters, specifying in your case if it's artificial water bodies or heavily modified water bodies.

Article 6. Ecoregions and surface water body types.

1. the rivers and lakes are classified into two ecological regions or ecoregions called Pyrenees and Region Iberic-Macaronesian, the first of which corresponds to the Pyrenean zone and the second to the rest of Spain. Ecological transitional waters and coastal regions are the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

2. for each surface water category, the water masses are classified by types. These types can be defined using the eco-regions defined in the previous paragraph and the descriptors set out in the tables of annex I (System A), or through the obligatory descriptors and optional descriptors, or combinations of descriptors listed in the tables of annex II (System B).

3 If you are using the second procedure of the previous point you should be accomplished, at least the same degree of discrimination that would be achieved by the first and the values of the descriptors that are required to ensure that they can be reliably the specific biological reference conditions of each type should be used.

4. for the artificial and heavily modified surface water bodies, the classification shall be carried out in accordance with the descriptors corresponding to the category of surface water that most closely matches the mass of artificial or heavily modified water concerned.

Article 7. Terms of reference of the surface water body types.

1. for each surface water body type will establish conditions hydromorphological and specific physicochemical representing the values of the hydromorphological quality indicators and physicochemical corresponding to good ecological status. Biological reference conditions specific, in such a way that they represent the values of the biological quality indicators for the very good ecological status will also be established.

2. the specific conditions of each type may be obtained from measurements taken in a reference network for each type of bodies of surface water, modelling or a combination of both methods. When it is not possible to use any of these methods expert advice be sought to establish such conditions. To define the very good ecological status by what refers to concentrations of pollutants, the detection limits will be which can be achieved in accordance with the techniques available at the time that the specific conditions of the type should be established.

3. the reference network for each surface water body type will contain one sufficient number of points in very good condition to provide a level of confidence about the values for the reference conditions, depending on the variability of the values of the quality indicators that correspond to a very good ecological status for that kind of mass of surface water and the modelling techniques that apply.

4. biological reference conditions based on modelling type may be obtained using prediction models or methods of analysis ex post. The methods shall use historical, paleontological and other available data and will provide a level of confidence about the values for the reference conditions to ensure that the conditions arising in this way are consistent and valid for each surface water body type.

5. when it is not possible to set reliable type-specific reference conditions for a quality indicator in a kind of body of surface water, due to the high degree of variability of the indicator, not only as a result of seasonal variations, said indicator may be excluded from the assessment of ecological status for that surface water type. In such circumstances, the reasons for this exclusion shall be declared in the hydrological plan.

Article 8. Artificial and heavily modified water bodies.

1 a surface water body it may designate as artificial or heavily modified when: a) the changes to the hydromorphological characteristics of that body which would be necessary for achieving good ecological status have considerable negative impact on the environment, in navigation (including port facilities, or recreation), in activities for which the water (such as the supply of water intended for the abstraction of water for human consumption is stored (, energy production, irrigation, or other), in the regulation of the water, protection against floods, in defense of the integrity of the coast and the drainage of land or other equally important sustainable human development activities.

(b) the benefits derived from the artificial or modified characteristics of the water mass reach is reasonably due to technical feasibility or disproportionate costs, by other means, which are a significantly better environmental option.

2. in the case of the heavily modified or artificial surface water bodies references to good ecological status shall be construed as references to maximum ecological potential. The values corresponding to a body of water maximum ecological potential, as well as the reasons which justify consideration as artificial or heavily modified will be reviewed every six years the hydrological plan.

Article 9. Identification and delimitation of groundwater bodies.

1. in each river basin shall be determined the location and boundaries of the groundwater bodies entirely within their territory by means of a geographical information system and a characterization of these masses will be held.

2. the river basin management plans will be a proposal for a groundwater bodies shared with other constituencies, which will be taken into consideration in the National Hydrological Plan for its delimitation and characterization, in accordance with article 67 of this regulation.

Article 10. Characterization of the groundwater bodies.

1 an initial characterisation of all groundwater bodies be held to evaluate the extent in which these waters could fail to conform to the environmental objectives. You can group different groundwater bodies for the purposes of this initial characterisation.

2 the analysis must use existing data in the field of hydrology, geology, soil science and land use and indicate the location and boundaries of the groundwater bodies, the General characteristics of strata overlying in the catchment area from which it receives its power supply the body of groundwater and groundwater masses which directly dependent surface water ecosystems or terrestrial ecosystems.

3. Once done this initial analysis, there will be a further characterization of the masses or groups of groundwater bodies that present a risk of not achieving the environmental objectives in order to more accurately assess the significance of the risk and the measures to be taken to determine more accurately.

4 this additional characterisation shall include, where appropriate, information on: to) the geological characteristics of the aquifer, including the extent and type of geological units.

(b) the hydrogeological characteristics of the groundwater body including the permeability, porosity and confinement.

(c) the characteristics of superficial deposits and soils in the catchment area from which the groundwater body receives its recharge, including the thickness, porosity, permeability and absorptive properties of the deposits and soils.

(d) the characteristics of stratification of groundwater in the aquifer.

(e) an inventory and description of the systems of surface associated, including terrestrial ecosystems and surface water masses, with which the groundwater body, including, where appropriate, its relationship to the spaces included in the register of protected areas is dynamically connected.

(f) the estimates of the directions and rates of exchange of flows between the groundwater body and associated surface systems.

sufficient data to calculate rate g) average annual recharge global long term.

(h) the characteristics of the chemical composition of the groundwater. Types may be used for the characterization of groundwater to determine the natural levels of reference of those groundwater bodies. Specify characteristics that are due to contributions from human activity.

Article 11. Inventory of natural water resources.
1 inventory of natural water resources means the quantitative estimate, the qualitative description and the temporal distribution of such resources in the river basin. Waters that contribute to the contributions of the rivers which feed natural storage of water, surface and underground will be included in the inventory.

2. for the purposes of the inventory basin can be divided into zones and subzones. The division will be in each case according to hydrographic, administrative, socio-economic and environmental criteria or others that is deemed suitable in each case take into consideration.

3 inventory will contain, to the extent that it is possible: to) statistical data showing the evolution of the natural regime of flows and storages along the hydrological year.

(b) the interrelationships of the variables considered, especially between surface and groundwater and precipitation, and the contributions of the rivers or groundwater recharge.

(c) the zoning and the outlining of natural water resources in the river basin.

(d) basic characteristics of quality of water under natural conditions.

4. the river basin management plan shall evaluate the possible effect of climate change on water resources in natural demarcation. For this purpose he estimated resources which would correspond to the climatic scenarios provided by the Ministry of environment, will be taken into account in the time horizon indicated in article 21.4.

Section 3 general description of uses, pressures and significant anthropogenic incidents article 12. Uses of water.

Hydrological plan will include a table that class referred to applications in the same, distinguishing itself, at least, the supply of populations, irrigation and agricultural applications, industrial applications for production of electric power, other industrial uses, aquaculture, recreation, navigation and water transport.

Article 13. Characterization of the water demands.

1 to characterize a demand will be accurate the following information: a) annual volume and its temporal distribution.

(b) the conditions of quality required to supply.

(c) the level of warranty.

(d) if anyone cost and other relevant economic variables.

(e) consumption, i.e. the volume not returning to the hydraulic system.

(f) the return, i.e. not consumed volume returning to the system.

(g) quality conditions of return prior to any treatment.

2. the volume of demand is expressed in gross and net terms. In the first case, which corresponds to the concept of diversion of the medium, are considered including the losses in transmission, distribution and application. In the second case, which corresponds to the concept of consumer, such losses are not included.

3. demands belonging to a same use to share the source of supply and whose returns back basically in the same area or sub-area will be grouped into larger territorial units, called demand units. These units are defined in the management plan and are those that will be integrated as distinct for the purposes of the preparation of balance sheets and of the allocation of resources and establishment of reserves in the unique operating system defined in accordance with article 19.

Article 14. Criteria for the estimation of water demands.

1. the river basin management plans will incorporate the estimate of current demands and the foreseeable in the horizons referred to in article 19. En_particular for supplying populations, agricultural, energy and industrial applications, the following criteria will be followed: to) the calculation of demand for supplying populations will be based, taking into account production, industrial and services, the urban plans, demographic evaluations, economic forecasts and will include the required by low water consumption industries located in the nuclei of population and are connected to the municipal network. These evaluations are will take into account both the permanent population as the seasonal, as well as the number of primary and secondary dwellings by type. Basic domestic allocations and the forecasts of the competent authorities on the effects of changes in prices, the efficiency of the supply systems and the consumption habits of the population will also be considered.

(b) the estimation of the agricultural demand will include agriculture, forestry and livestock, demand that must be estimated in accordance with the provisions of each sector and territorial policies and rural development. The estimation of the agricultural demand will take into account forecasts of evolution of surface irrigation and crop types, systems and efficiencies of irrigation water saving as a result of the introduction of new techniques of irrigation or improvement of infrastructure, the possibilities for reuse of water, the concession review under the protection of article 65 ((, paragraphs a) and b) and the sixth transitional provision of the consolidated text of the Water Act and the provision for the attention of isolated exploitations. Also be taken into account estimates of change of prices for water services and modifications in the context of markets and aid perceived agricultural applications.

(c) the estimation of demand for industrial and energy applications considered forecasts current and sustainable development in the long term of each sector of activity. The calculation will be performed to each of them, considering the number of industrial establishments, employment, production and other socio-economic characteristics. It shall also take into account possible structural changes in the use of raw materials and production processes, the application of new technologies that improve the use of water and the possibilities for reuse of waters within the industrial process.

2 estimates according to the criteria defined in the preceding paragraph shall comply, for claims relating to the current situation, with the actual data available for drawdown and consumption in major demand units of the demarcation.

3. in all cases be estimated returns to the natural environment of used waters, both its qualitative and quantitative aspects. In the case of supply to populations hydrological plan will include a description of the systems for treatment and purification of waste waters corresponding to each unit of demand, with an indication of the volume and characteristics of water quality at the entrance and the exit of the installation.

Article 15. Pressure on the surface water masses.

1. in each river basin is compile and maintain the inventory on the type and extent of pressures significant anthropogenic that surface water masses, are exposed as they are defined in article 3.

2 such information shall include, in particular: to) the estimation and identification of significant pollution from point sources, produced especially for the substances listed in annex II to the regulation of water public domain, from facilities and activities of urban, industrial, agricultural and other economic activities.

(b) the estimation and identification of significant pollution caused by diffuse sources, produced especially for the substances listed in annex II to the regulation of water public domain, from facilities and urban, industrial, agricultural and livestock, notably not-stocked activities, and other activities, such as mining areas, polluted soil or transport routes.

(c) the estimation and determination of significant extraction of water for urban, industrial, agricultural and other areas, including seasonal variations and the total annual demand, and the loss of water in distribution systems.

(d) the estimation and determination of the incidence of significant regulation of the flow of water, including the transfer and the diversion of water, on overall flow characteristics and water balances.

(e) the identification and incidence of significant morphological alterations to water masses, including the transverse and longitudinal alterations.

(f) the estimation and identifying other types of incidence significant anthropogenic on the status of surface waters, such as the introduction of alien species, contaminated sediments, and recreational activities.

(g) the land uses, including identification of the main areas urban, agricultural, and industrial zones of erosion, areas affected by fire, mining of arid areas and other occupations of banks and, where relevant, fisheries and forests.

Article 16. Pressure on the groundwater bodies.

1. in each river basin indicate pressures significant anthropogenic to underground water masses, which include diffuse pollution sources, sources of punctual pollution, water extraction and artificial recharge of water are exposed.

2. in the case of groundwater bodies that may not conform to the established environmental objectives or that cross the border with France or Portugal, should be collected, updated and retained, if appropriate, the following data:
(a) the location of the points of the groundwater body used for the extraction of water, with the exception of water extraction points that provide less than 10 m3 daily and points of extraction of water intended for human consumption which provide a daily average of less than 10 m3 or serve fewer than 50 people.

(b) the annual average rates of abstraction from such points.

(c) the chemical composition of water abstracted from the groundwater body.

(d) the location of the body of groundwater points in which an artificial recharge takes place directly.

(e) the rates of discharge at such points.

(f) the chemical composition of the waters introduced into the recharge of the aquifer.

(g) the use of the soil in the area or areas of natural recharge from which the groundwater body receives its recharge, including pollutant inputs and anthropogenic characteristics of natural recharge alterations, such as the diversion of rainwater and the runoff through sealing of the soil, artificial feeding Damming or drainage.

Article 17. Priority and compatibility of applications.

1. the river basin management plan will contain the criteria of priority and compatibility of applications that must be applied in the different territories of the river basin. In relation to these criteria, and to all the river basin, will be established by operating systems the orders of preference among the various uses and exploitations.

2. the instream or environmental demands will not have the character of use, must be regarded as a restriction that is imposed to the operating systems in General. In any case, shall also apply to environmental flows the rule over supremacy of the use for supplying populations collected in article 60.3 of the revised text of the Water Act.

3. also the hydrological plan set conditions and requirements for the Declaration of public utility of different kinds of water use, for the purposes of the compulsory purchase of the exploitations of the lowest rank in the order of preference that for each system of exploitation of the river basin has been determined the hydrological plan.

Article 18. Instream.

1. the river basin management plan shall determine the regime of ecological flows in rivers and waters of transition defined in demarcation, including the water of lakes and wetlands needs.

2. the ecological flow regime will be established so that it allows to maintain sustainable functionality and structure of aquatic ecosystems and the associated terrestrial ecosystems, contributing to achieve good status or ecological potential in transitional waters or rivers. For its establishment basin organizations will conduct specific studies in each stretch of river.

3. the process of implementation of the ecological flow regime will be developed according to a process that will take into account applications and existing demands and its concession regime, as well as good practices.

4. in the event of prolonged droughts a less demanding flow regime may be applied subject to the conditions referred to in article 38 on temporary deterioration in the status of bodies of water. This exception shall not apply in the areas included in the Natura 2000 network or in the list of wetlands of international importance according to the Ramsar Convention of 2 February 1971. In these areas will be considered priority the maintenance of the ecological flow regime, but applies the rule over supremacy of the use for population supply.

5. in the determination of average annual flow required for the calculation of the available groundwater resources will be taken as reference the ecological flow regime calculated in accordance with the criteria laid down in the preceding paragraphs.

Article 19. Operating systems.

1. the river basin management plan will define the operating systems that functionally be divided the territory of the demarcation.

2. every system of resource exploitation consists of bodies of surface water and groundwater, works and installations of hydraulic infrastructure, water use rules derived from the characteristics of rules of operation which, taking advantage of natural water resources and demands, and based on its quality, allow to establish water supplies that they set the range of resources available from the operating system meeting environmental objectives.

3. every system of exploitation of resources refer to a time horizon and must include, in any case, the corresponding to the existing situation to the plan. Operating systems refer, in addition, two time horizons, 2015 to 2027, which shall be deemed foreseeable demands satisfaction. These horizons will increase over six years in subsequent updates of the plans.

4 the study of every system of exploitation of resources will contain: a) the definition and characteristics of available water resources in accordance with the rules of use of water considered. These resources will include from the uptake and regulation of surface water, groundwater extraction, reuse, desalination of brackish and marine waters and transfers from other demarcations. Conjunctive use of surface and underground water resources and the artificial groundwater recharge schemes shall also be specified.

(b) the determination of the precise infrastructure elements and the fundamental guidelines for exploitation.

(c) the natural water resources not used in the system and, where appropriate, from external plan territorial areas.

5. without prejudice to the partial exploitation systems that can only be described in each Plan, will define a system of exploitation only in which, in a simplified manner, all partial systems are included and which makes possible is the global analysis of behaviour in all the river basin. Plan shall indicate the grouping of resources, demands, storage infrastructures and water masses carried out starting from the partial systems, where appropriate, to define the operating system only.

Article 20. Reservation of resources.

1 refers to resource reservation for the allocations laid down in anticipation of the demands which corresponds to meet the objectives of the hydrological planning.

2. the established reserves must register in the register of water on behalf of the Agency of cuenca, which will proceed to its partial cancellation to corresponding concessions are granted. In accordance with title II, chapter II, section 9 of the regulation of the hydraulic public domain.

3. the reserves of resources provided for in the river basin management plans shall apply only to the specific destination and within a maximum period set out in the plan itself. In the absence of such forecast, of six means deadline as years laid down in article 89, unless in the revision of the plan provided a different one.

Article 21. Balance sheets, allocation and reservation of resources.

1. the trade-offs between resources and demands to which this article refers will be carried out for each of the operating systems defined in accordance with the previous article. In this balance the instream shall be considered as a restriction in the form indicated in article 17.2. Satisfy the demands will be made following the criteria of priority set out in the river basin management plan, from a perspective of sustainability in the use of water.

2. the river basin management plan established for the existing situation in developing the Plan, the balance between resources and consolidated claims, considering as such the representative of a normal supply in recent years, unless in any case demands whose volume exceeds the value of the existing mappings can strengthen.

3. also establish the allocation and reservation of the resources available to the foreseeable demands to the time horizon of 2015 for the purposes of article 91 of the rules of public water domain and will also specify the demands which can not be satisfied with the resources available in the own river basin. The horizon will increase over six years in subsequent updates of the plans.

4. with the aim of assessing trends in the long run, for the time horizon of the year 2027 hydrological plan estimated balance or balances between the expected available resources and foreseeable demands for different uses. To carry out this assessment shall take into account the possible effect of climate change on water resources in natural demarcation in accordance with article 11. The quoted time horizon will increase over six years in subsequent updates of the plans.

Section 4 protected areas article 22. River nature reserves.

1. with the aim of preserving those river aquatic ecosystems that have a high degree of naturalness, hydrological plan will pick up the River nature reserves declared by the relevant demarcation administrations or by the Ministry of environment. These reserves correspond to bodies of water of the river category with little or no human intervention. These masses will be incorporated into the register of protected areas.
2. to identify these bodies of water are taken into account the naturalness of its basin, the existence of human activities which may affect their physical, chemical and hydrological characteristics, ecological status and the incidence of the regulation of water flow and the presence of morphological alterations.

3. the ecological status of those reserves will be very good, so it may be considered as reference sites.

4. any human activity that may lead to significant pressure on bodies of water defined as River nature reserves must be subject to a specific analysis of pressures and impacts, and can the competent administration grant the corresponding authorization where the negative effects are not significant nor pose a long-term risk. The criteria for determining such significant pressures will be established in the river basin management plan.

5. in the summary of the programmes of measures of the hydrological plan will include protection measures taken by the competent authorities of the river basin in the fluvial nature reserves.

Article 23. Special protection regime.

1 they may be declared special protection areas, basins or stretches of river basins, aquifers or bodies of water by its natural features or ecological interest, in accordance with the environmental legislation and nature protection. The management plans will collect the classification of these areas and the specific conditions for their protection.

2. competent authorities by reason of the matter shall provide the Agency of corresponding basin, during the preparation of the management plans, the ratio of areas, basins or stretches of river basins, aquifers or water bodies declared of special protection for inclusion in these plans, under the supervision of the competent authorities of the demarcation Committee.

3. the classification and the conditions for their protection will be reflected in the management plans for the basin expressly or referring in a way specific to the applicable precepts of environmental legislation and protection of nature that could affect you. These areas form part of the register of protected areas.

Article 24. Register of protected areas.

1. for each river basin there is at least one record of the areas that have been declared subject to special protection under specific legislation on the protection of surface water or groundwater, or on conservation of habitats and species directly depending on water.

2 in the registry will be necessarily included: to) the areas in which is a catchment of water intended for the abstraction of water for human consumption, provided that you provide an average volume of at least 10 cubic meters per day or refuel more than fifty persons, and, where applicable, the delimited perimeters of protection.

(b) the areas which, according to the hydrological plan, will be in the future for the abstraction of water intended for the abstraction of water for human consumption.

(c) the areas that have been declared for the protection of significant aquatic species from the economic point of view.

(d) water bodies declared a recreational use, including areas of bathing water.

(e) areas that have been declared vulnerable in application of the rules on the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources.

(f) areas that have been declared sensitive in application of the rules on treatment of urban waste water.

(g) areas designated for the protection of habitats or species where the maintenance or improvement of the status of water is an important factor in their protection, including the sites of Community importance, special protection areas for birds and special areas of conservation integrated in the Natura 2000 network designated in the framework of Directive 92/43/EEC and Directive 79/409/EEC.

(h) the perimeters of protection of mineral and thermal waters, approved in accordance with the specific legislation.

3 in the registry will be included, in addition: to) the surface water bodies identified as River nature reserves in accordance with the respective hydrological plan.

(b) areas, basins or stretches of river basins, aquifers or water bodies declared special protection and collected in the river basin management plan.

(c) the wetlands of international importance included in the list of the Ramsar Convention, of February 2, 1971, as well as the wetlands included in the national inventory of wetlands in accordance with Royal Decree 435/2004, of March 12, which regulates the national wetlands inventory.

4. the summary of the register required as part of the river basin management plan shall include maps indicating the location of each protected area, environmental information and State of conservation, in his case, and a description of community, national or local law pursuant to which have been designated.

Article 25. Review, update and consultation of the register of protected areas.

1. the register of protected areas must be reviewed and updated regularly and specifically together with the corresponding water plan update.

2. the competent authorities on the basis of the matter shall provide, the corresponding Basin Agency, accurate information to keep updated the registry of protected areas in each river basin district under the supervision of the competent authorities of the demarcation Committee.

3. the register of protected areas will be permanent public consultation, without prejudice to meet requests for information formulated in accordance with the law 27/2006, of 18 July, which regulates the rights of access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters.

4. in cases where review is carried out with a lower than expected frequency hydrological plans update, updated in accordance with the legislation under which the protected area has been established.

Section 5th assessment of the status of waters. Article 26 control networks. Classification of the status of surface waters.

1. the State of surface water masses will be determined by the poorer of its ecological status and its chemical status.

2. the ecological status of surface waters will be classified as very good, good, moderate, poor or bad.

3. to classify the ecological status of surface water masses are considered quality elements biological, hydromorphological and physicochemical according to regulatory definitions included in annex V. These elements shall be determined by means of indicators and numeric values are assigned to each boundary between the classes defined in the previous section. In the case of the indicators of the biological quality elements represent the relationship between the values of the observed biological parameters and the values for these parameters in the reference conditions.

4. the quality elements applicable to artificial and heavily modified bodies of water will be which are applicable to the category of natural surface water that most closely matches the mass of artificial or heavily modified water concerned. In the case of highly modified and artificial water ecological potential will be classified as maximum, good, moderate, poor or bad.

5. the chemical status of surface waters will be classified as good or as that does not reach good status.

6. to classify the chemical status of bodies of surface water shall be assessed if they meet in the control points the environmental quality standards regarding hazardous substances of annex IV, as well as the rest of established environmental quality standards. In the case of coastal waters and transitional only shall apply schedule I and Schedule II priority of the said Annex.

Article 27. Quality elements for the classification of the ecological state of the rivers.

1. the biological quality elements for the classification of the ecological state of the rivers are the composition and abundance of the benthic fauna of invertebrates and the composition, abundance and age structure of fish fauna and aquatic flora.

2. the hydromorphological quality elements are the hydrological regime, including flow hydrodynamics of flows of water and connection to groundwater bodies; the continuity of the river and the conditions of morphological, including depth and width of the River, structure and substrate of the bed and structure of the riparian zone.

3. physico-chemical quality elements are the thermal conditions oxygenation, salinity, acidification and nutrient status. In addition are the pollution caused by the pollutants of annex II to the regulation of the domain public hydraulic if they are discharged in significant quantities.

Article 28. Quality elements for the classification of ecological status of Lakes.

1. the biological quality elements for the classification of ecological status of lakes are the composition, abundance and biomass of phytoplankton composition and abundance of another type of aquatic flora and the benthic invertebrate fauna and the composition, abundance and age structure of fish fauna.

2. the hydromorphological quality elements are the hydrological regime, including volumes and hydrodynamics of the Lake, time of permanence and connection with groundwater, and morphological conditions, including depth of the Lake, quantity, structure and substrate of the bed and structure of the riparian zone.
3. physico-chemical quality elements are transparency, the thermal conditions oxygenation, salinity, acidification and nutrient status. In addition are the pollution caused by the pollutants of annex II to the regulation of the domain public hydraulic if they are discharged in significant quantities.

Article 29. Quality elements for the classification of ecological status in transitional waters.

1. the biological quality elements for the classification of ecological status in transitional waters are the composition, abundance and biomass of phytoplankton composition and abundance of other types of aquatic flora and the benthic invertebrate fauna and the composition and abundance of fish fauna.

2. the hydromorphological quality elements are policies for morphological, including depth, quantity, structure and substrate of bedding and structure of the area of swing of the tide, and the tidal regime, including flow of fresh water and exposure to waves.

3. physico-chemical quality elements are transparency, oxygenation, salinity and nutrients and thermal conditions. In addition are the pollution caused by the pollutants of annex II to the regulation of the domain public hydraulic if they are discharged in significant quantities.

Article 30. Quality elements for the classification of ecological status of coastal waters.

1. the biological quality elements for the classification of ecological status of coastal waters are the composition, abundance and biomass of phytoplankton and the composition and abundance of other type of aquatic flora and the benthic invertebrate fauna.

2. the hydromorphological quality elements are policies for morphological, including depth, structure and substrate of the coastal bed structure of the intertidal zone, and the tidal regime, including direction of dominant currents and exposure to waves.

3. physico-chemical quality elements are transparency, oxygenation, salinity and nutrients and thermal conditions. In addition are the pollution caused by the pollutants of annex II to the regulation of the domain public hydraulic if they are discharged in significant quantities.

Article 31. Evaluation and presentation of the status of surface waters.

1. the evaluation of ecological of each of the bodies of surface water status will be based on the values of biological, hydromorphological and physicochemical obtained from the control program.

2. the assessment of each of the bodies of surface water chemical status will be made based on values obtained from the control program.

3. the river basin management plan shall include maps that shows, in every body of surface water, ecological or potential ecological status and the chemical status of the body. Bodies of water in which it was not possible to achieve good ecological status or good ecological potential for breach of the standards of environmental quality in relation to specific pollutants should be indicated on these maps.

Article 32. The State of groundwater classification.

1. the State of the groundwater bodies shall be determined by the poorer of its quantitative status and its chemical status.

2. to classify the masses of groundwater quantitative status indicators, using as a parameter the groundwater piezometric level will be used. That State can be classified as good or bad.

3. to classify the chemical status of the groundwater bodies indicators using as parameters contaminant concentrations and conductivity will be used. That State can be classified as good or bad.

Article 33. Evaluation and presentation of the State of the groundwater.

1. the assessment of the quantitative status of groundwater bodies will be made globally for the entire mass with indicators calculated from the values of the piezometric obtained in the control points level.

2. the assessment of the chemical status of the groundwater bodies will be made globally for the entire mass with the indicators calculated from the values of concentrations of contaminants and conductivity obtained at control points.

3. the river basin management plan shall include maps that shows, in every groundwater body, the quantitative status and the chemical status of the body. The corresponding map to the State Chemist shall masses of water underground with a significant and continuous increase of concentrations of any pollutant.

Article 34. Water control programs.

1. the water plan will pick up water control programmes established in demarcation: surveillance monitoring, operational control and if necessary control of research.

2. the surveillance monitoring aims to obtain a general and comprehensive vision of the State of the water masses. Its result will allow efficiently and effectively design future programs and the assessment of changes in natural conditions long-term or result of a widespread anthropogenic activity.

3. the operational control aims to determine the status of water bodies at risk of not meeting environmental objectives. It also enables to evaluate the changes that occur in the State of such bodies resulting from the programmes of measures.

4. in cases in which the origin of the failure to comply with environmental objectives, is unknown when surveillance monitoring indicates likely that objectives are achieved and not have put in place an operational control in order to determine the causes which not is to achieve and to determine the magnitude and impacts of accidental pollution you will establish a control research, which will define the programme of measures required to meet the environmental objectives and, where appropriate, specific measures to remedy the effects of accidental contamination.

5. the river basin management plan will contain maps that display the location and characteristics of the points that make up the control programmes established for surface waters, groundwaters and protected areas.

6. in the river basin management plan, an appreciation of the level of confidence and precision of the results obtained with control programs will be offered.

6th article 35 environmental objectives section. Environmental objectives.

To achieve adequate protection of waters, the following environmental objectives be attained: to) for surface waters: a') prevent deterioration of the status of surface water masses.

(b') protect, enhance and regenerate all bodies of surface water in order to achieve a good condition of them.

(c') progressively reducing pollution from priority substances and eliminate or phase out discharges, emissions and losses of priority hazardous substances.

((b) for groundwater: a') prevent or limit the input of pollutants into groundwater and prevent deterioration of the status of all bodies of groundwater.

(b') protect, enhance and regenerate the groundwater bodies and ensure the balance between extraction and reloading in order to get the good status of groundwater.

(c') reverse the trends significant and sustained increase in the concentration of any pollutant derived from human activity in order progressively to reduce pollution of groundwater.

(c) for protected areas: comply with the requirements of protection standards that are applicable in an area and achieve specific environmental targets to be determined therein.

(d) for the masses of water artificial and heavily modified bodies of water: protect and improve artificial and heavily modified bodies of water to achieve a good ecological potential and a good chemical status of surface waters.

Article 36. Time limits to achieve the environmental objectives.

En_relacion_con environmental objectives, must meet the following deadlines: a) the goals must be achieved before December 31, 2015.

((b) the deadline for the achievement of the objectives may be extended with respect to a given body of water if, in addition to not result in a further deterioration of their State, any of the following circumstances: to ') when necessary improvements for the purpose only to achieve, due to the technical possibilities, in a term that exceeds the established.

(b') when compliance with the deadline to give place to a disproportionately high cost.

(c') when the natural conditions do not allow an improvement of the State in due time.

(c) any extension of the deadline, its justification and the measures necessary for the achievement of the environmental objectives relating to water masses will be included in the river basin management plan, unless they exceed the date of December 31, 2027. The assumption that natural conditions prevent the achievement is exceptuará this term.

Article 37. Less stringent environmental objectives.

1. when there are bodies of water that are greatly affected by human activity or its natural conditions make impossible achieving the outlined objectives, or require a disproportionate cost, be designated less stringent environmental objectives under the conditions established in each case by means of hydrological plans.

2 these conditions all of the following must include, at least:
(a) that the socio-economic and ecological needs that attends such human activity will not achieve by other means which constitute an ecological alternative significantly better and which may not entail disproportionate costs.

(b) to ensure the best State ecological and State chemical possible to surface waters and the minimum possible changes of the good condition of the groundwater, taking into account, in both cases, the impact could not have been avoided is reasonably due to the nature of the human activity or pollution.

(c) that is no further deterioration in the status of the affected water body.

Article 38. Temporary deterioration in the status of bodies of water.

1 may accept the temporary deterioration in the status of bodies of water if it is due to natural causes or force majeure which are exceptional or not have could reasonably have foreseen it, in particular floods and drought prolonged, or the result of circumstances arising from accidents that either have could reasonably have foreseen it.

2 to support such deterioration all the following conditions must be met: to) that take all feasible measures to prevent that the State continue to deteriorate and not to endanger the achievement of the environmental objectives in other bodies of water not affected by those circumstances.

(b) that the hydrological plan specifying the conditions under which may plead such circumstances rationally as unforeseen or exceptional, including the adoption of the appropriate indicators. In the case of extreme hydrological situations these conditions derived from studies to be carried out as indicated in article 59 and the indicators set out in the plans of drought which registration will be included in the river basin management plan, in accordance with article 62 should be seen.

(c) the measures to be taken under such exceptional circumstances are included in the programme of measures and not jeopardize the recovery of the quality of the body of water once the circumstances have ceased.

((d) that the effects of the circumstances that are exceptional or that do not have could reasonably have foreseen it are reviewed annually and are adopted, as soon as reasonably possible, all measures feasible to return the body of water to its status prior to the effects of such circumstances, without prejudice to provisions of the eleventh additional provision 1.b) of the text of the Water Act.

(e) that in the next update of the river basin management plan will include a summary of the effects produced by these circumstances and the measures that have been taken or will be taken.

Article 39. Conditions for the new modifications or alterations.

1. under the conditions laid down in paragraph 2 is may admit new modifications to the physical characteristics of a surface water body or alterations in the level of the groundwater bodies although it impossible to achieve a good ecological status good status of groundwater or a good ecological potential, if any, or which the deterioration of the status of a body of surface or ground water. In addition, and under identical conditions, new human activities of sustainable development may be even if they entail a deterioration since the very good condition good condition of a body of surface water.

2 to support these modifications or alterations shall satisfy the following conditions: to) that all feasible measures are taken to mitigate the adverse effects on the State of the water mass.

(b) the reasons for those modifications or alterations are specifically set out and explained in the river basin management plan.

(c) that the reasons for those modifications or alterations are of overriding public interest and that the benefits to the environment and society that is the achievement of environmental objectives will be offset by the benefits of the new modifications or alterations to human health, the maintenance of human safety or sustainable development.

(d) that the benefits obtained with such modifications or alterations of the water body can not get, for reasons of technical feasibility or disproportionate costs, by other means which constitute an environmental option significantly better.

Section 7 economic analysis of the use of the water article 40. Economic analysis of water use.

Hydrological plan will include a summary of the economic analysis of the use of water which will include the economic use of water characterization and analysis of recovery of the costs of water services.

Article 41. Economic characterization of the use of water.

1. the economic characterization of the use of water will include an analysis of the importance of this resource for the economy, the territory and the sustainable development of the river basin, as well as economic activities which waters contribute significantly, including a forecast of its possible evolution.

2. this characterization shall include, at least, for each activity the following indicators: value-added, production, employment, dependent population, social structure and productivity of water use.

3. forecasts on the determinants, the development of economic activities, water demands and pressures correspond to the trend-based scenario that would occur in the event of failure to implement measures. This scenario will be the point of reference necessary to analyze the effectiveness of the programmes of measures included in the river basin management plan.

4. in the design of this trend-based scenario forecasts on the temporal evolution of the determinants, including demography, evolution of the habits of water consumption, production, employment, technology, or the effects of certain public policies shall be taken into account. Hydrological plan will include various hypotheses of evolution of these factors.

5. the economic characterization of the use of water will take place both on demand units defined in the river basin management plan pursuant to article 13 as globally for the whole of the river basin.

Article 42. Recovery of cost of water services.

1. the competent authorities shall consider the principle of recovery of the costs of services related to the management of water, including environmental and costs of the appeal, on the basis of long term of its supply and demand projections.

2 the river basin management plan shall include the following information on the recovery of the costs of water services: to) water services, describing the agents who provide them, users who receive them and applied rates.

(b) the capital costs of the investments needed for the provision of the various services of water, including the accounting costs and subsidies, as well as administrative costs, operation and maintenance.

(c) the environmental and resource costs.

(d) the discounts, such as those due to lamination of avenues or future users.

(e) revenue from the users of water services.

(f) the current level of cost recovery, specifying the contribution made by the various water uses, disaggregated, however, in supply, industry and agriculture.

3. for each operating system forecasts of investment in services in the horizons of the Plan shall be specified.

4. the river basin management plan will incorporate the description of situations and reasons that allow exceptions in the application of the principle of recovery of costs, analyzing the consequences of social, environmental and economic, as well as the geographic and climate of each territory, conditions where this does not compromise neither weekends nor the achievement of the environmental targets established pursuant to article 111 bis 3 of the text of the Water Act.

5. the analysis of cost recovery will take place both on demand units defined in the river basin management plan pursuant to article 13 as globally for the whole of the river basin.

Section 8th programmes of measures article 43. Programmes of measures.

1. for each river basin be established a programme of measures which shall take into account the results of studies to determine the characteristics of the demarcation, the impact of human activity in its waters as well as the economic study of the use of water in the same.

2. the programmes of measures shall have as aim the achievement of the environmental objectives set out in article 92 bis of the revised text of the Water Act.

3. the programmes of measures must conform to criteria of economic rationality and sustainability in the achievement of environmental objectives.

4 the measures may be basic and complementary: to) basic measures are the minimum requirements that must be met in each demarcation and set forth in articles 44 to 53, both inclusive.

(b) accompanying measures are to be implemented with additional character to the achievement of the environmental objectives or for additional protection of waters in each case.

5. the action programme will be integrated by basic measures and the supplementary that in the scope of their powers, approval of the competent authorities in the protection of water.
6. the selection of the combination of measures most appropriate, especially in the case of the complementary, will be based on a cost-effectiveness analysis. The economic, social and environmental aspects of the measures will be considered in this analysis.

7. in the selection of the set of measures the effects of the various measures on other environmental and social problems, although they do not directly affect aquatic ecosystems, in accordance with the process of strategic environmental assessment of the plan indicated in this Regulation shall be taken into account, as well as the results of cost-effectiveness analysis.

8. the implementation of the basic measures not may originate, under any circumstances, either directly or indirectly, an increased pollution of surface waters, except in the case of that to not apply these measures produced an increased pollution of the environment as a whole.

Article 44. List of basic measures.

The following measures are considered basic: to) measures necessary to implement the legislation on water protection, including those relating to the protection of the water intended for the abstraction of water for human consumption provided for in the fourth final provision of the consolidated text of the law of waters and, in particular, those aimed to reduce the treatment needed for the production of water for human consumption.

(b) measures for the application of the principle of recovery of the costs of the management of water-related services.

(c) measures to promote an efficient and sustainable water use in order to contribute to the achievement of the environmental objectives.

(d) measures of control over extraction and storage of water, in particular those relating to the registration of waters.

e) measures of control over discharges and other activities with emphasis on the State of waters, including the management of direct and indirect discharges to the public water domain and the waters protected by the revised text of the Water Act.

(f) prohibition of direct discharges to groundwater, except under certain conditions.

(g) measures with regard to dangerous substances listed in list I, list II preferential and list priority II of annex IV.

(h) measures to prevent or reduce the impact of accidental pollution episodes.

(i) guidelines for charging and protection of aquifers.

Article 45. Measures to implement legislation on water protection.

1 will be all the measures necessary to ensure the fulfilment of the objectives laid down in the Community rules on the protection of the water contained in annex III, in accordance with the incorporation of the same made by the Spanish law.

2. the water plan will pick up all these measures, including separate water for human consumption-related.

3. in addition, the hydrological plan will include plans and programs that the competent authorities have developed to comply with the legislation on water protection, including, in particular, those relating to sanitation and purification of urban agglomerations and the programmes of action in the areas vulnerable to pollution by nitrates.

Article 46. Measures for the implementation of the principle of recovery of the costs of water use.

1. in the river basin management plan shall contain information on the measures that are intended to take the competent authorities to take into account the principle of recovery of the costs of services related to the management of water, including the environmental costs and resource.

2. these measures may include proposals for revision and updating of pricing structures, particularly in relation to the incorporation of environmental costs and resource, including formulas for evaluation of damage to the environment.

Article 47. Measures to promote an efficient and sustainable water use.

1. in the river basin management plan shall contain information on the measures to adopt, in particular relating to the pricing policy of water, which provide adequate incentives for users to use water resources efficiently and, therefore, contribute to the fulfillment of the environmental objectives pursued.

2. should not have been able to apply policy of water pricing that provide adequate incentives for compliance with environmental objectives, the river basin management plan shall include a report justifying the reasons.

3. the river basin management plan will also incorporate information about other economic instruments of market incentives and voluntary measures that serve to promote the efficient and sustainable use of water.

4. the river basin management plan shall contain a list of measures in the field of urban supply leading to rational and sustainable management of water, including the campaigns of awareness in society, the use of domestic saving devices, the Elimination of leaks in the networks of water supplies, the re-use of treated water in the irrigation of parks and gardens and others that fit within the basic principles of water management and conservation of the demand.

5 hydrological plan will include a list of measures in the field of irrigation that contribute to the achievement of the good state of the waters, including basic standards leading to the adoption of irrigation methods most suitable for the different types of climates, land and crops, allocations of water necessary for the various alternatives and enforceable conditions of drainage as well as the promotion of adapted agricultural production and irrigation techniques economizadoras of water. They shall also include the conditions for the reuse of water for irrigation and any other that is required to ensure the better use and conservation of water resources and land Assembly and sustainable development. Adaptations introduced by the competent administrations and individuals alike on the existing achievements to achieve a rational use of natural resources will be collected, if any.

6. the hydrological plan will establish the criteria that will be applied for the evaluation of the energy, and industrial exploitations which mainly contemplate economic, social demand and opportunity so that to ensure the protection of the waters and the achievement of good status.

7 to encourage a more efficient and sustainable water, hydrological plan use shall establish criteria for the concession review under cover of the 65.c article) and of the sixth transitional provision of the consolidated text of the Water Act.

8. in the river basin management plan efficiency and sustainability indicators are included to keep track of the steps throughout the development of the plan.

Article 48. Measures of control over extraction and storage of water.

1. measures of control over extraction and storage of water include the updating of the register of water defined in section 80 of the revised text of the law of waters and other measures set out in the title II of the regulation of public water domain.

2. the river basin management plan shall include measures to adopt to control the volumes taken and actual consumption in the river basin, including the criteria for the installation of meters and other measuring instruments.

Article 49. Measures of control over point discharges and other activities with emphasis on the State of the waters.

1. in the case of specific discharges that can cause pollution, measures include, among others, the requirement of authorization of discharges of wastewater.

2. in the case of diffuse sources that may cause pollution, measures shall be taken to prevent or control the entry of contaminants. Such measures may include a requirement for prior regulation, such as the ban on the entry of pollutants in water, the requirement of prior authorization of activities that generate diffuse pollution or registration based on general binding rules, when this requirement is not established otherwise in the legislation. These controls shall be periodically reviewed and, where necessary, updated.

3. for any other significant adverse effect on the State of the water, the measures are included to ensure in particular that the water masses hydromorphological conditions are consistent with the achievement of the required ecological status or good ecological potential for bodies of water designated as artificial or heavily modified. The controls carried out to this end may consist in the requirement of prior authorisation or registration based on general binding rules, when this requirement is not established otherwise in the legislation. These controls shall be periodically reviewed and, where necessary, updated.

4. in addition shall be deemed the measures set out in the title III of the regulation of the hydraulic public domain of the protection of the public water and the quality of inland waters.

Article 50. Direct discharges into groundwater.

1. without prejudice to the prohibition of spillages regulated in article 100.1 of the revised text of the Water Act, the hydrological plan will be identified, if they exist, those cases in which discharges to groundwater bodies, as well as the conditions of authorization are authorized.

2. it shall apply the measures provided for in title III, chapter II of the regulation of public water domain, and in particular those provided for in section IV relating to discharges to groundwater.
Article 51. Measures concerning dangerous substances.

1. measures include, among others, in the requirement of authorization for all discharges of waste water with dangerous substances in annex IV of this regulation which shall be limited in accordance with provisions of article 100.2 of the revised text of the Water Act. Such authorisations will consider the emission limit values for dangerous substances that have specific regulation, as well as the environmental quality standards adopted by regulation or which in the future are approved.

2 They will be also considered measures to progressively reduce or eliminate hazardous substances of annex IV and in particular those of the list priority II.

Article 52. Measures to prevent or reduce the impact of accidental pollution episodes.

1 the action shall be taken to prevent or reduce the effects of accidental pollution, caused by industry, livestock facilities, by tanks of rainwater in urban water treatment plants and others. These measures include the use of automated systems to detect these phenomena or alert on them.

2 flooding from accidental pollution shall include, inter alia, the use of systems to detect these phenomena or alert on them.

3. will include all the appropriate measures to be taken to reduce the risk of damage to the aquatic ecosystem in the case of accidents which could not reasonably have been foreseen.

Article 53. Guidelines for the recharge of aquifers.

1. the river basin management plan shall include, where they exist, areas of artificial recharge of groundwater bodies, which will be detailed the aim of recharging, as well as the origin, amount and quality of applied resources, including the authorization that allows the recharge. Successive recharge areas that are determined will be incorporated into the Plan as they are authorized.

2. the resources applied to artificial recharge will be available any water surface, underground, regenerated or desalinated, provided that the use of the source does not compromise the achievement of the environmental objectives established for the source or the recharged water mass can neither generate situations of risk to human health.

Article 54. Guidelines for the protection of aquifers.

1. the river basin management plan shall determine the basic criteria for the protection of underground water against the various causes of deterioration, including saline intrusion.

2. the river basin management plan will include the relationship of the masses of water underground in risk of not achieving the good state, which have been designated as such by the Basin Agency, as well as the measures taken to avoid the risk.

3. the measures referred to in the preceding paragraph shall include a programme of action for the recovery of the body of water in good condition. The Community action programme will order the regime of extractions and the rules on the use of water to achieve a rational use of resources to achieve the good condition of the groundwater bodies.

4. the river basin management plan shall establish for each groundwater body, to the extent required, standards for the granting of concessions, referring to the instantaneous maximum flow rate by attracting, distances between exploitation, deep drilling and installation of pumps, sealing abandoned wells or disused, as well as conditions which must comply with the concessions so that they are considered of little importance.

Article 55. Complementary measures.

1. the programme of measures shall include complementary measures to be implemented with additional character to the achievement of the environmental objectives or for additional protection of waters in each case.

2 complementary measures may include legislative, administrative, economic or fiscal instruments negotiated agreements in the field of environment, codes of good practices, creation and restoration of wetlands, management of the demand, reuse and desalination projects construction and rehabilitation, as well as educational projects, research, development and demonstration. In particular, the programme of measures shall include complementary measures listed in articles 56 to 60, both inclusive.

Article 56. Measures for bodies of water with little chance of achieving the environmental objectives.

1. in those bodies of water in which the results of risk assessment indicate that probably environmental objectives will not be achieved will be established additional measures to achieve them, among which can be found the establishment of stricter environmental quality standards, except that given the circumstances referred to in the following paragraph.

2. when the causes of not achieving the environmental objectives are natural, force majeure or particularly severe flooding and prolonged droughts not have could reasonably have foreseen it, you can determine that it is not feasible to adopt additional measures and support the temporary deterioration in accordance with article 38.

Article 57. Protection perimeters.

1. the river basin management plan will set the perimeters of protection referred to in article 97 of the revised text of the Water Act, which bans the exercise of activities which could pose a risk of contamination or degradation of the public water domain. In these perimeters are applicable rules laid down by the regulation of the hydraulic public domain to police areas.

2. also perimeters referred in article 56 of the revised text of the Water Act, established to protect the status of the groundwater bodies will be collected in the river basin management plan.

3. the Plan will pick up the protected areas of catchments of supply of water intended for human consumption included in the register of protected areas.

Article 58. Measures to prevent an increase in pollution of marine waters.

1 will be all the measures designed to interrupt or phase out discharges, emissions and losses of priority hazardous substances, with the ultimate aim of achieving concentrations in the marine environment near the core values by which refers to substances of natural origin and near-zero in regards to the man-made synthetic substances pursuant to rule 108 bis of the text revised water law.

2. these measures will be in line with the objectives set out in the existing regulatory provisions that, to prevent an increase in pollution of marine waters, recognized the Kingdom of Spain pursuant to the international conventions for the protection of the marine environment which is party, as well as the regulatory provisions laid down in Community law, the national and the regional subject matter.

3. the water plan will pick up form separate those established to prevent an increase in pollution of marine waters.

Article 59. Extreme hydrological situations.

1. the river basin management plan, with available historical data on rainfall and flow Maxima and minima, establish criteria for studies and determination of performances and works related to extreme hydrological situations. As result of these studies shall be determined the conditions in which the temporary deterioration can admit in extreme hydrological situations, as well as the masses of water referred to in article 38.

2. establish the measures to be taken in exceptional circumstances for extreme hydrological situations, including the realization of plans or specific programmes as referred to in article 62.

3. the competent administrations demarcate floodable areas taking into account studies and data available to the basin agencies should move to them, in accordance with article 11.2 of the revised text of the Water Act. To do this, they will count with technical support from these agencies and, in particular, information relating to maximum flow in the river network, that the water administration will provide.

Article 60. Basic infrastructure.

1. for the purposes of their mandatory inclusion in the hydrological plan, means basic infrastructure works and performances that form an integral part of the operating systems that make possible the supply of resources provided for in the Plan for different time horizons and the fulfillment of the environmental objectives established for the water bodies.

2. the water plan will incorporate the catalogue of basic infrastructure including the corrective actions for the achievement of the environmental objectives, for the different time horizons, referred to in article 19 with the degree of definition that are available at that time.

Article 61. Analysis of effectiveness of the measures.

1. the cost-effectiveness analysis will be an instrument to take into account for the selection of the most appropriate measures to achieve the environmental objectives of the water masses, as well as to discuss alternative measures in the analysis of disproportionate costs.

2. for the analysis cost-effectiveness will depart from the assessment of the condition of the water masses corresponding to the trend-based scenario and its difference from the environmental objectives. Evaluation of the statements for the implementation of the different measures and the difference between the environmental objectives will allow to analyze the effectiveness of each of these measures.
Section 9 other mandatory contents rule 62. Register programs and more detailed plans.

1. the hydrological plans shall take into account in its preparation the special plans of action in situations of alert and possible drought, prepared by the agencies in accordance with article 27 of the law 10/2001 of 5 July of the National Hydrological Plan, which will incorporate a summary, including the system of indicators and used performance thresholds and the main proposed prevention and mitigation measures.

2. also take consideration the plans drawn up in the territory of demarcation relating to protection against floods, which will incorporate a summary, including risk assessment and the measures taken.

3. the river basin management plan shall take into account in its development plans and more detailed programs on water carried out by the competent authorities in the field of demarcation which will incorporate the corresponding summaries.

Article 63. Measures of public information and consultation.

Hydrological plan will contain a summary of the public information and consultation which have been applied during processing, their results and the resulting changes made to the plan, as indicated in articles 71 to 80, both inclusive.

Article 64. List of designated competent authorities.

The river basin management plan shall include the following information on the river basin authorities: to) name and official address of the designated competent authorities.

(b) description of status or equivalent legal document of the competent authorities.

(c) description of the legal and administrative responsibilities of each competent authority and their function in the bosom of the river basin.

(d) summary of the institutional relationships established to ensure coordination, in the case of river basins that include river basins shared with other countries.

Article 65. Contact points and procedures for obtaining documentation and information.

Hydrological plan will include points of contact and procedures established for the documentation base and the information required by public consultations.

10th article 66 basin hydrological plans forecast section. Water and land reserves.

1. in the river basin management plans be set reserves, water and land, necessary for the actions and planned works.

2. the reservation of resources shall be established in accordance with the designated in article 20. Land reserve shall include those necessary to run basic infrastructures referred to in the river basin management plan referred to in article 60.

3. the basin agencies shall send to the competent public administrations in the field of management of the territory and urban planning delimitations of areas subject to reservation for the purposes specified in article 43.3 of the revised text of the Water Act.

Chapter II content of the National Hydrological Plan article 67. Content of the National Hydrological Plan.

1 the National Hydrological Plan will be approved by standard or rules of legal rank and shall in any case include: to) the measures necessary for the coordination of the different basin hydrological plans.

(b) the solution to alternatives offering those.

(c) the welfare and conditions of the transfer of water resources between territorial areas of different basin hydrological plans.

(d) that provide for the planning of the use of the resource and modifications affecting existing exploitations for populations or irrigation supply.

2. the National Hydrological Plan will also contain the delimitation and characterization of the groundwater bodies shared between two or more constituencies, including the allocation of resources to each of them.

3. the Declaration as works of general interest of the infrastructure needed for the transfer of resources, referred to in article 67.1. c of this regulation, can only be performed by the legal norm that approve or modify the National Hydrological Plan.

Article 68. Coordination of the river basin management plans.

1. the measures for the coordination of the river basin management plans shall be governed by the General principles of caution, rationality, sustainability, protection of the public water domain, the good state of the waters and the protection of the Instream.

2. the coordination of the different management plans will be held in the National Hydrological Plan considering different planning sector in General, in particular the agricultural, energy, management of the territory and urban planning, as well as the protection of the environment and nature, all within the framework of the policy State general and economic planning.

Article 69. Conditions of transfers.

1. in the drafting of the National Hydrological Plan, they will contemplate and shall specify the transfer of resources between different river basins, establishing the conditions to which they conform. For each of the planned transfers, will establish the annual volume as well as the conditions which can temporarily modify the volume.

2 forecasts and conditions of transfers to which refers article 67.1. c), may not produce as a result the breach of the environmental objectives set out in section 6th of chapter I of this title.

3. the draft National Hydrological Plan may include, where appropriate, the determining conditions of technical exploitation and economic management of the transfer of water resources that is timely, or the Government to instruct its establishment.

Article 70. Changes in the planning of the use of the resource.

Also, in the drafting of the National Hydrological Plan materialize changes that affect existing exploitations for populations or irrigation supply according to the planning of the use of the resource.

Title II development and approval of the management plans for the chapter I of section 1 General provisions article 71 basin hydrological plans. General provisions.

1. the elaboration and proposal of subsequent reviews of the river basin management plans will be conducted by the Agency of corresponding basin or by the competent water administration, watersheds entirely within the territory of the autonomous community.

2. the procedure for the preparation and review of the river basin management plans is regulated in this regulation and should include, in any case, the programming of schedules, work programmes, elements to be considered and drafts prior to enable adequate information and public consultation since the beginning of the process.

From the beginning, and at all stages of the process, is shall endeavour to coordinating adequate means for the effective integration of the terrestrial and marine demarcation in the elaboration of the plans.

The prior elaboration, by competent authorities, of the programmes of measures basic and complementary, referred to in article 92 c of the text of the Water Act and articles 43 and following of this regulation, leading to the achievement of the environmental objectives laid down in the revised text of the water act must also contemplate. The programmes of measures be co-ordinated and integrated in the management plans.

Expressly, should coordinate, for their integration in the hydrological plan, programmes for coastal waters and transitional elaborated by the General Administration of the State, or the autonomous communities to participate in the Committee of competent authorities of the demarcation and who have coastline.

3. in the preparation and review of the river basin management plans shall be provided necessarily the participation of interested ministries, the deadlines for submission of the proposals by the bodies concerned and the subsidiary action of the Government in the event of lack of proposal. Ensure, in any case, the public participation throughout the planning process, both phases of consultation in the development and approval or revision of the plan. For this purpose, it will be the deadlines set in the twelfth additional provision of the consolidated text of the Water Act.

4. the management plans will be developed in coordination with the different sectoral plans affecting them, both with respect to the uses of the water as the land, and especially with the planning of irrigation and other agricultural uses.

5. the Government may make the Declaration of public utility works, studies and research required for the preparation and review of the management plans carried out by the services of the Ministry of environment, the geological and Mining Institute of Spain or any other body of public administrations.

6. the management plans will be subject to the procedure of strategic environmental assessment in accordance with law 9/2006, of 28 April, on assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment.

Section 2 public participation article 72. Organization and procedure to make effective public participation.
1 basin organizations will formulate the project organization and procedure to follow in making effective public participation in the planning process.

2 the project shall include, at least, the following contents: to) Organization and schedules of the procedures of public information, public consultation and active participation of the hydrological plan as referred to in this regulation.

(b) coordination of the process of strategic environmental evaluation of the hydrological plan and its relationship with the above procedures.

(c) description of methods and techniques of participation to be used in different phases of the process.

Article 73. Public information.

1. the process of drawing up plans will incorporate the requirements established in the law 27/2006, of July 18, in particular those relating to the active provision of substantive information for the planning process and are additional to the listed in this regulation.

2. this information shall be accessible in paper and digital format in the electronic pages of the Ministry of the environment and of the respective river basins.

Article 74. Public consultation.

1. the public consultation will be held on the documents referred to in articles 77 and 80, both inclusive, to which may be added other documents, of informative character, that will facilitate this process.

2. these documents shall be accessible in paper and digital format in the electronic pages of the Ministry of the environment and of the respective river basins.

3. the duration of the process for inspection of each document shall be a minimum of six months. The contributions of the public consultation will be integrated in reports which will be part of the planning process and that will be reflected in an annex to the plan.

Article 75. Active participation.

1 basin organizations will encourage the active participation of stakeholders in the planning process, extending participation to the public in general.

2. also may constitute forums or groups of work involving, in addition to stakeholders, persons of recognized standing and experience in waters that advice in the process of preparation of the management plans.

Section 3 drafting article 76. Stages in the development of the river basin management plans.

1. with previous character to the elaboration and review of the hydrological plan proposal, a programme of work that includes, in addition to the calendar on phases envisaged for the elaboration or revision, the general survey on the corresponding demarcation will be prepared.

2. After these previous works, the procedure for the preparation of the river basin management plans will be developed in two stages: a first, which will be prepared a scheme of the important issues in management of water in the river basin, and another of the drafting of the plan itself.

Article 77. Programme of work.

1. the proposed programme of work for the development of watershed plans will be developed by the agencies.

2. this programme will include the main tasks and activities to perform, the schedule, the general survey of the demarcation and the formulas of inquiry.

3 it will collect the points of contact and procedures required for the base documentation and information required by public consultations.

4. the program must coordinate own plan consultation processes and those required by the strategic environmental assessment, taking as a reference as indicated for this purpose in this regulation.

5. the proposed program of work will be made available to the public at least for three years with respect to the beginning of the procedure of approval of the plan, for the formulation of observations and suggestions for one period not less than six months, all this in the way established in article 74.

Article 78. Contents and preparation of the general survey on the demarcation.

1. the general survey on the river basin included in the work programme will incorporate a general description of the characteristics of the demarcation, a summary of the impact of human activity on the status of surface water and groundwater and an economic analysis of the use of water, in accordance with article 41.5 of the revised text of the Water Act.

2 general description of the characteristics of the demarcation will include: a) description of the administrative, physical and biotic frame demarcation, as well as the territorial model, including landscape and hydraulic heritage.

(b) the location and boundaries of surface water masses, both continental and coastal and transition, including artificial and heavily modified bodies of water, types and specific terms of reference of each type.

(c) the location, boundaries and characterization of groundwater bodies.

(d) the available hydrological statistics on precipitation, evaporation, runoff, and how much information is relevant to the appropriate quantitative and qualitative assessment of surface and underground water resources.

(e) the available historical information on precipitation and flow Maxima and minima.

3 Summary of the impact of human activity on the status of surface waters and ground waters will include: to) pressures significant on the surface water masses, including the pollution of punctual and diffuse source, extraction and regulation of flow, the morphological alterations and other types of anthropogenic impact, as well as the impact assessment and the identification of the masses at risk of not meeting environmental objectives.

(b) pressures significant on the groundwater bodies, including pollution from point and diffuse source, the extraction of water and artificial recharge, as well as the impact assessment and the identification of the masses at risk of not meeting environmental objectives.

(c) the water quality statistics.

(d) the available statistics on the supply and consumption of water in different areas and sub-areas by specifying the origins of the applied resource and the uses for which it is intended.

(e) data on levels of groundwater in aquifers.

(f) the inventory of large hydraulic infrastructures and its fundamental characteristics from the point of view of the regulation and availability of resources in quantity and quality.

4 economic analysis of water use will include: a) the institutional map of services related to the management of water.

(b) information to perform calculations on recovery of costs of water services, including environmental and costs of the resource, according to projections long term of its supply and demand and, in his case, estimates of volume, prices, investments and costs associated with these services.

(c) a summary, with global data for the whole of the demarcation, the analysis of recovery of costs, including the cost of services for the different uses of water and the degree of recovery of costs by the users.

(d) information on estimates of the potential costs of the measures for the analysis cost-effectiveness for the purpose of their inclusion in the programme of measures.

(e) the economic characterization of the use of water, including the analysis of trends.

5. the basin agencies, integrating the contributions from the various competent authorities, shall develop this general study of demarcation.

Article 79. Overview of significant issues in the field of water management in demarcation.

1. the scheme of important issues in the field of water management will contain the description and assessment of the main problems of current and foreseeable demarcation relating to water and the possible alternatives of action, in accordance with the programmes of measures drawn up by the competent authorities. The possible decisions that can be taken to determine the various elements that make up the Plan and offer solutions to the problems listed will also be realized.

2 in addition to as indicated in the previous paragraph the diagram include: a) main pressures and impacts that should be treated in the river basin management plan, including activities that may pose a risk to achieve the environmental objectives and sectors. Impacts generated in coastal waters and transition as a result of the pressures exerted on inland waters will be specifically analysed.

(b) the possible alternatives of action to achieve the environmental objectives, in accordance with the programmes of basic and complementary measures, including their economic and environmental characterization.

(c) sectors and groups affected by the programmes of measures.

3. the basin agencies to draw up scheme of important issues in the field of water management, under the twelfth additional provision of the consolidated text of the Water Act, integrating the information provided by the Committee of competent authorities.

4. the interim overview of important issues shall be sent, at least for two years with respect to the beginning of the procedure of approval of the plan, interested parties. This consultation will take place in accordance with article 74, so that interested parties submit, within the period of three months, the proposals and suggestions that her own.
5. at the same time, the provisional scheme will be made available to the public, for a period of not less than six months for the formulation of observations and suggestions, in the way established in article 74. During the development of this query will start the procedure of environmental assessment of the plan with the initial document, which will incorporate the interim overview of important issues.

6 finalized consultations referred to in paragraphs 4 and 5, basin organizations will be a report on the proposals, comments and suggestions that had been presented and will incorporate that if considered appropriate to the interim overview of important topics in the field of water management, which will require the mandatory report from the water Board of the demarcation.

Article 80. Draft River basin management plan.

1. in the second stage of elaboration of the draft River basin management plan, the agencies, with the information provided by the Committee of competent authorities, drafted the report of environmental sustainability and the corresponding proposal of the same according to the diagram of important issues in the field of water management, the contents of the reference document prepared by the Environment Agency in the process of environmental assessment of the management plan, taking into account all queries carried out.

2. the proposal of draft River basin management plan and the environmental sustainability report, will be sent, at least of a year compared to the beginning of the procedure of approval of the plan, interested parties so that they submit, within the period of three months, the proposals and suggestions that her own.

3. at the same time, the hydrological plan project proposal will be available to the public, for a period of not less than six months for the formulation of observations and suggestions, in the way established in article 74.

4 finalized the consultations referred to in paragraphs 2 and 3, basin organizations will be a report on the proposals, comments and suggestions that had been presented and will incorporate that if considered appropriate the proposal of draft River basin management plan, which will require the mandatory report from the water Board of the demarcation. In the final drafting of the proposal will take into account the environmental memory developed in the environmental assessment process.

5. the proposal of draft River basin management plan, with the agreement of the Committee of competent authorities, will be elevated to the Government through the Ministry of environment, in accordance with article 35.2 of the revised text of the Water Act.

Article 81. Formal structure of the river basin management plan.

Hydrological plan will have the following formal structure: to) memory. Shall include, at least, the mandatory contents described in article 4, and can be accompanied by annexes that are considered necessary.

(b) regulations. It will include the contents of the Plan with a normative character and that, at least, will be the following: identification and delimitation of bodies of surface water, conditions of reference, designation of artificial water and heavily modified waters, identification and delimitation of underground water bodies, priority and compatibility of applications, instream schemes, definition of exploitation, assignment and resource reservation systems , definition of River nature reserves, special protection, environmental objectives and temporary deterioration in the status of bodies of water regime, conditions for the new modifications or alterations and organization and procedure to make effective public participation.

Article 82. Additional technical recommendations and instructions.

The Ministry of the environment may issue instructions and additional technical recommendations for the elaboration of hydrological plans deemed appropriate for homogenization and systematization of the works. These instructions and technical recommendations must be dictated heard the ministerial departments concerned, insofar as they may affect them.

Section 4 approval article 83. Approval of the river basin management plans.

1. the projects of basin hydrological plans prepared in accordance with provisions in article 80 of this regulation or the rules of procedure that could dictate, in his case, the autonomous communities, will be sent by the Ministry of the environment to the national water Council issue the mandatory report provided for in article 20 of the revised text of the Water Act.

2 issued this report, the Ministry of environment will raise the Government hydrological plans for approval if appropriate.

3. the Government, by Royal Decree, will approve the basin hydrological plans on the terms deemed from based on the general interest, without prejudice to the provisions of the following paragraph.

4. the basin hydrological plans that have been drawn up or revised under cover of the provisions of article 18 of the consolidated text of the Water Act will be approved if they conform to the requirements of the articles 40.1, 3 and 4 and 42 of the revised text of the Water Act, do not affect the resources of other basins and , if necessary, to accommodate the determinations of the National Hydrological Plan.

Chapter II of the National Hydrological Plan article 84. Public participation in the preparation of the National Hydrological Plan.

1. in the elaboration of the National Hydrological Plan will be, in any case, public participation throughout the planning process, both phases of consultation in the development and approval or revision of the Plan, in accordance with the provisions of article 41.3 of the revised text of the Water Act.

2. the draft National Hydrological Plan proposal must be accessible in paper and digital format on the electronic pages of the Ministry of the environment.

3. There will be a direct consultation on the proposal to draft National Hydrological Plan stakeholders.

4. the duration of the public consultation process will be a minimum of six months. The contributions of the public consultation will gather in a report which will form part of the planning process.

5. the National Hydrological Plan will be subject to the procedure of strategic environmental assessment in accordance with law 9/2006 of 28 April.

6. the Ministry of environment shall take measures necessary for public access to the technical documentation which constitutes the background and budgets of the National Hydrological Plan and, for this purpose, will order an official Edition of the same which include memory and all its annexes.

Article 85. Elaboration of the National Hydrological Plan.

1. it shall be the Ministry of environment the elaboration of the National Hydrological Plan, in conjunction with the ministerial departments related to the use of water resources.

2. to this end the Government will establish, on the proposal of the Ministry of the environment, appropriate mechanisms.

Article 86. Approval of the National Hydrological Plan.

1. the draft National Hydrological Plan will be forwarded by the Ministry of the environment to the national water Council issue its mandatory report, as provided for in article 20 of the revised text of the Water Act.

2. the Government, having seen the report of the national water Council, approve the draft National Hydrological Plan and forward it to the Parliament for discussion and approval by law.

3. the National Hydrological Plan, without losing its unitary character, may be approved in various legislative acts.

4. the approval of the National Hydrological Plan will involve the adjustment of the river basin management plans and programmes of measures to forecasts that.

Title III follow-up and review of the management plans for the article 87. Monitoring of the management plans.

1 basin organizations will conduct follow-up to their corresponding management plans, and may require, through the Committee of competent authorities, the information necessary for that purpose.

2. the competent authorities of the demarcation Committee will promote the development and maintenance of an information system on the State of the bodies of water that allow to obtain a general view of the same, taking in count also the specific environmental objectives of protected areas. This information system, as well as constituting a basic element for the planning and development of the programmes of measures, will be used for the monitoring of the hydrological plan.

3. without prejudice to the competences that correspond to the different public administrations, the Ministry of environment will maintain up to date information on the status of bodies of water and the development of the implementation of actions of the National Hydrological Plan and basin plans measurement programs, and can collect organisms of cuenca or administrations competent data necessary for this purpose.

4. these bodies, in the case of river basins with intercommunity basins, inform with regularity no greater than the year the water Board of the demarcation and the Ministry of environment on the development of the plans. They also inform administrations which had consulted on relevant endpoints. Within the period of three years from the publication of the hydrological plan and its update, will present an interim report detailing the extent of implementation of the planned programme of measures.
5. the autonomous communities should establish the monitoring of the management plans drawn up by them, reporting with regularity no greater a year to the Ministry of the environment. Also, within the period of three years from the publication of the hydrological plan and its update, will present an interim report detailing the extent of implementation of the planned programme of measures.

6. the Ministry of the environment will publish every four years a follow-up report on the implementation of the management plans of basin and of the National Hydrological Plan, in order to keep citizens informed of the progress made in its implementation and facilitate citizen participation in planning. For the purposes of their joint publication, the autonomous communities shall provide reports to intra-basin hydrological plans.

7. this report will be submitted for consideration by the national water Council, which, according to the results obtained in the application of the various management plans may propose, well to the Government for the intercommunity basins, well to the corresponding regional administration for the intra-Community watersheds, criteria for updating or revision thereof.

8. the Ministry of environment shall forward to the Commission and any Member State concerned copies of the hydrological plans approved, as well as of the general survey of the demarcation referred to in article 78. Copies of the management plans will be sent within a period of three months from its publication.

9. in addition, the Ministry of environment will establish criteria to draw up the reports required by the European Commission on the hydrological plans. Basin agencies shall develop these reports in the form and terms established by the Ministry of the environment, who in turn will send them to the European Commission.

Article 88. Monitored specific aspects.

Shall be subject to specific monitoring aspects listed below: to) evolution of the natural water resources available and their quality.

(b) evolution of water demands.

(c) degree of compliance with the regimes of Instream.

(d) status of surface water and groundwater masses.

(e) implementation of programmes of measures and effects on bodies of water.

Article 89. Review of the river basin management plans.

1 when changes or deviations are observed in the data, assumptions or results of hydrological plans so warrant, the water Board of the demarcation may agree the review plan, which can also be ordered, prior agreement with the ministerial departments affected by the environment, which shall set a term to the effect, or interested, in his case of the autonomous community corresponding to the case of plans drawn up under cover of the provisions of article 18 of the consolidated text of the Water Act.

2. in any case, a complete and periodic review of the Plan will be held every six years from the date of its entry into force.

3. If after earlier deadlines the new Plan has not had referred for approval, the Ministry of the environment may require to basin hydrological plan presenting organizations. If after six months from the date of the requirement had not been this attended, the Government entrusted the Ministry of environment the drafting of the proposal of the corresponding hydrological plan, in conjunction with the ministerial departments concerned, in accordance with article 41.2 of the revised text of the Water Act.

4. when, for a hydrological plan that shall be prepared by the water administration of an autonomous community which exercises powers over the public water in watersheds entirely within their territory, after the periods established in paragraphs 1 and 2 without having received the new Plan for approval, the Government will require the President of the autonomous region from effects.

5 the first update of the river basin management plan and any subsequent updates, must include: a) a summary of all changes or updates made since the publication of the previous version of the plan.

(b) an assessment of the progress made in the achievement of the environmental objectives, including presentation in map form of the results of the controls during the period of the previous plan and an explanation of the environmental objectives not achieved.

(c) a summary and an explanation of the measures foreseen in the earlier version of the hydrological plan which not have been launched.

(d) a summary of all the transitional additional measures adopted, since the publication of the previous version of the river basin management plan, for the bodies of water that probably do not meet the environmental objectives.

6. the procedure for revision of the plans will be similar to that laid down for processing in articles 76 to 82, both inclusive.

Title IV effects of hydrological plans article 90. General provisions.

1. the management plans shall be public and binding, without prejudice to their periodic updating and review justified, and will not create by themselves rights in favour of individuals or entities, so modification will not result in compensation, without prejudice to the provisions of article 65 of the revised text of the Water Act.

2. the resolutions of the bodies of basin and any other public administration in matters related to the management plans shall comply with the terms thereof.

3 when as consequence of modifications of hydrological plans proceed with the revision of existing concessions will affected dealers be entitled to corresponding compensation in accordance with provisions of the legislation of compulsory purchase.

4. the river basin management plans shall be suspended in those determinations that are contradictory to the of the National Hydrological Plan. The Council of Ministers on the proposal of the Ministry of environment, through resolution published in the Official Gazette and the of the autonomous communities concerned, will begin the process of adaptation of basin plans. The resolution will include essential data allowing to identify those points of the river basin management plan affected by the National Hydrological Plan and that they shall be subject to adaptation.

Article 91. Other special effects.

1. the approval of the river basin management plans shall include the Declaration of public utility of the work of research, studies, projects and works provided for in the Plan.

2. in its consequence the competent administration bodies may be initiated the necessary actions for the realization of the same must, with regard to possible compensation for temporary occupation of private property or expropriation thereof, provisions in the existing legislation of compulsory purchase. The Government may in accordance with such regulations apply, deems necessary, the urgent procedure.

3. forecasts of hydrological referred to in article 43.1 and plans 2 of the consolidated text of the water act must be respected in the different instruments of urban planning of the territory.

4 to make constructions in reserved areas referred to in article 43.1 of the revised text of the Water Act may be authorized, the competent bodies must collect prior report of the hydraulic administration, unless this had reported, in General, the relevant instruments of urban planning.

Annex I regions ecological and descriptors for the classification in the surface water (System A) body types rivers typology set descriptors Region ecological Region Iberic-Macaronesian.






 





Pyrenees.






Typology type depending on the altitude.






 





High: > 800 m.






 





Average height: 200 to 800 m.






 





Lowlands: 100 to 1,000 km2.






 





Large: > 1,000 to 10,000 km2.






 





Very large: > 10,000 km2.






 





Geology.






 





Calcareous.






 





Silicon.






 





Organic.





Lakes set type descriptors ecological Region Region Iberic-Macaronesian.






 





Pyrenees.






Typology type depending on the altitude.






 





High: > 800 m.






 





Average height: 200 to 800 m.






 





Lowlands: 100 km2.






 





Geology.






 





Calcareous.






 





Silicon.






 





Organic.





Water transition set type descriptors Region Green Atlantic Ocean.






 





Mediterranean Sea.






Annual average based on salinity type.
 

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