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Monday, 31 October 2011

WISE Bathing Water Directive data request 2011

To: Nominated reporters for the Bathing Water Directive

      Environment Attachés of Permanent Representations

cc: Water Directors of EU27 Member States

      Eionet National Focal Points

From: Joachim D'Eugeniou, DG ENV and Beate Werner, EEA

 

Dear Colleague,

You are invited to provide your national bathing water data for the 2011 reporting period from now on until 31 December 2011. You can choose to report the parameters either under the “old” Bathing Water Directive 76/160/EEC or under the “new” Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC.

As last year, you have three options for reporting:

1.      Reporting under the “old” Bathing Water Directive 76/160/EEC using txt-files. The BWATER data input tool and guidance are available at the Bathing Water Directive WFD CIRCA library under “1st Workshop on reporting on new and old BWD 22/10/2007” (same link as last year).

2.      Reporting under the “old” Bathing Water Directive 76/160/EEC using Reportnet reporting templates for xls- or xml-files which can be downloaded from the Data Dictionary for the “old” Bathing Water Directive 76/160/EEC. These files enable an automatic QA/QC procedure (GDEM tool). The templates are unchanged.

3.      Reporting under the “new” Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC using Reportnet reporting templates for xls- or xml-files which can be downloaded from the Data Dictionary for the “new” Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC. These files enable an automatic QA/QC procedure (GDEM tool). The templates are unchanged. We added more explanations for some attributes in the Data Dictionary. In addition, the term “de-listed” bathing water has been replaced by term “permanently closed” bathing water (in line with the “new” Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC).

Additional information is available in the public EEA Circa interest group “WISE Water Directives reporting“, subfolder for the Bathing Water Directive and „Reporting for bathing season 2010“/„Reporting for bathing season 2011“. Here you have access to the following additional information:

·         National bathing water quality data - Excel files: 30 national lists of bathing waters with classification up to the 2010 season. Please check the identification codes of bathing waters (BWID, NumInd = AccessKey) and provide table of new codes and corresponding old codes in case of code changes. This is important for enabling continuous time series of bathing water quality and avoiding of duplicated bathing waters (with old code and new code). This could be provided in the QA/QC phase after the reporting. Identification codes/names of WFD RBDs, subunits and water bodies should be in line with WFD Art.13 reporting.

·         National lists of bathing waters with reduced frequency according to the “old” Bathing Water Directive 76/160/EEC - Excel files: The list is available for six Member States and the Flemish part of Belgium that reported under the “old” Bathing Water Directive 76/160/EEC for the 2010 bathing season.  

·         Explanation to interpretation of Bathing Water Directive and assessment rules as discussed at the Bathing Water Directive Committee in October 2011. The paper has been jointly prepared by the ETC/ICM and the Commission for the meeting of the BWD Committee and updated after the meeting. The paper should be seen as work in progress, actually as the initial answer to many questions sent to the EEA and/or the Commission on the implementation of legal and practical aspects to carry out monitoring and assessment activities according to the Directive. The paper is specifying the criteria to be used for the 2011 season assessment and it should be used in relation with Guidelines on assessment under the New BWD and transition period (2010).

If you need national support for your work with Reportnet, please contact your Eionet National Focal Points.

Data Delivery

All data files should be uploaded to the Central Data Repository (CDR). Bathing Water Directive folders are already available from last year in your national folder under the section „European Union (EU) obligations"/"Bathing water Directive Report” and "Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC Report". The data files in the respective folders under the “new” Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC should be linked with both reporting obligations (identification of bathing areas; monitoring and classification). Any changes in the inventory of identified bathing waters compared to the inventory as reported by the beginning of the bathing season should be notified. You may use the instructions created by EEA: How to deliver data under the Bathing Water Directive.  

Automatic quality assurance (QA)

Once your data files have been uploaded, an automatic QA/QC procedure starts (GDEM tool) and a list of errors will be automatically and immediately uploaded. We recommend to check the results, correct problems (if any) and redeliver corrected data. You can find a description of this automatic QA/QC procedure including explanatory video clips in the WISE SoE automatic QA user guide. Please use only templates downloaded from the Data Dictionaries. If other templates are used (old templates) or any changes are made in templates (e.g. changing of table names), an automatic QA/QC procedure will not be activated. If some QA issues are identified and could not be solved soon, you should inform ETC/ICM when this information will be provided. A further level of manual data quality checks will be carried out by ETC/ICM after your release of the 2011 data. 

Bathing water locations for the 2012 season

We also invite you to report your bathing water locations for the 2012 season, as required under the “new” Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC. Upload your 2012 location list by the beginning of the 2012 bathing season into the Central Data Repository into a separate folder for 2012 reporting.

Helpdesk service and support

·        In case of login problems or any other technical difficulties with Eionet web services, please contact Eionet Helpdesk.

·         In case of questions related to the content of the data requested, please contact Lidija Globevnik at: bwd@izvrs.si

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and look forward to your replies.


Joachim D'Eugeniou                                        Beate Werner
European Commission, DG ENV                    European Environment Agency