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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

WISE Bathing Water Directive data request 2012

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 2012 reporting period from now on until 31 December 2012 when reporting under the Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC becomes obligatory.  Member States are expected to report monitoring results for intestinal enterococci and Escherichia coli, and management measures as implemented in the 2012 bathing season.  

Reportnet reporting templates for xls- or xml-files can be downloaded from the Data Dictionary for the Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC. These templates enable an automatic QA/QC procedure (GDEM tool). The templates are unchanged compared to last years reporting except for adding a field “Remarks” in the ‘Monitoring results of bathing waters table’. Explanations for some fields and code lists were updated in the Data Dictionary.

Additional information is available in the public EIONET Forum interest group “WISE Water Directives reporting“, subfolder for the Bathing Water Directive and Reporting for bathing season 2012[1]. Here you have access to the following additional information:

·         Issues Paper on monitoring and assessment under the 2006 Bathing Water Directive. Bathing Water Committee Meeting 28.9.2012: Update. The paper has been jointly prepared by the ETC/ICM and the European Commission for the meeting of the BW Committee and updated after the meeting. The paper aims to identify some problems encountered in the process of assessment for the 2011 bathing season, to clarify open questions or confirm existing understandings as well as to present the position adopted by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency to overcome the difficulties found in the process. The paper is specifying the criteria to be used for the assessment of the 2012 season and it should be used in relation with Guidelines on assessment under the New BWD and transition period (2010). The paper might be updated based on comments by Member States. The comments are due by 31st October 2012.

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 years in your national folder under the section “European Union (EU) obligations”/“Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC Report” or ”Bathing water Directive Report” that are linked with reporting obligations under the Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC (identification of bathing areas; monitoring and classification). The inventory of identified bathing waters as reported by the beginning of the 2012 bathing season could be redelivered and updated if needed. You may use the instructions created by EEA and updated by ETC/ICM for the 2012 reporting: How to deliver data under the Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC.  

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 follow the recommendations based on experience from the 2011 season reporting that are described in Issues Paper on monitoring and assessment under the 2006 Bathing Water Directive. Bathing Water Committee Meeting 28.9.2012: Update. A further level of manual data quality checks will be carried out by the ETC/ICM after your release of the 2012 season data. 

Consistency of identification codes of bathing waters

Please pay attention to identification codes of bathing waters (BWID, NumInd = AccessKey) and provide table of the new codes and corresponding old codes in case of code changes. Else, the code changes might result in duplicated bathing waters (i.e. the same bathing water is listed twice, with the old and the new code). To keep consistency of identification codes of bathing waters please check the codes from the previous bathing season stored at EEA water webpages[2] under the National bathing water quality data. Here, 30 national lists of bathing waters with classification up to the 2011 season can be downloaded in compressed form (bwd_v5_stations_xls.zip). Linking data from the old and the new codes is important for enabling continuous time series and assessment under the Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC using 4-year assessment periods.

Bathing water locations for the 2013 season

We also invite you to report your bathing water locations for the 2013 season, as required under the Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC. Upload your 2013 location list by the beginning of the 2013 bathing season into the Central Data Repository into a separate folder for 2013 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 the ETC/ICM bathing water team at bwd@tcvode.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