The environmental quality objective Flourishing Lakes and Streams aims to ensure that:
– lakes and watercourses achieve at least good ecological status or potential and good chemical status in accordance with the Water Quality Management Ordinance (2004:660),
– unexploited and essentially undisturbed watercourses retain natural water flows and water levels,
– surface water supplies that are used for the production of drinking water are of good quality,
– important ecosystem services of lakes and watercourses are preserved,
– lakes and watercourses have structures and water flows that facilitate habitats and dispersal pathways for wild plant and animal species as a part of a green infrastructure,
– habitats and naturally occurring species associated with lakes and watercourses have a favourable conservation status and sufficient genetic variation within and between populations,
– threatened species have recovered and habitats have been restored in valuable lakes and watercourses,
– alien species and genotypes do not threaten biodiversity,– genetically modified organisms that can threaten biodiversity are not introduced,
– the natural and cultural heritage values of lakes and watercourses are preserved and the conditions for continued preservation and development of these values are in place, and
– the value of shore and bank environments, lakes and watercourses for recreational fishing, bathing, boating and other outdoor activities is safeguarded and maintained, and the impact of noise is minimised.
Yes. The environmental quality objective will be achieved with policy instruments already decided on and with measures implemented before 2020.