Our waters are used in a variety of ways, these influence their status. The results of the monitoring of the EC Water Framework Directive show it needs forceful measures in the whole catchment and at the rivers to meet the good status.

Hydrography (facts and figures)

Rivers are subdivided into six river systems as well as the coastal areas of the North and Baltic Seas. The rivers are the  Rhine, Ems, Weser and Elbe, which flow into the North Sea, the Odra, which flows to the Baltic Sea, and the Danube, whose tributaries empty into the Black Sea. The river systems are interconnected by a number of canals.

Management of waters in accordance with the European Water Framework Directive is classify the fluvial and coastal areas of Germany into the following river basin districts : Danube, Maas, Rhine, Ems, Weser, Elbe, Odra, Eider, Schlei/ Trave, and Warnow/ Peene.

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