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2. REPORTING AT SURFACE WATER BODY LEVEL (SCHEMA SWB)

Reporting at surface water body level is done for each RBD. For the purpose of presentation in this guidance, the contents of reporting are structured according to the following sub-chapters:

  • Surface water body characterisation
  • Pressures and impacts on surface water bodies
  • Ecological status and exemptions
  • Chemical status of surface waters, exemptions and mixing zones


The following sections describe the contents of reporting. The UML diagram of the SWB schema is found in Annex 10.2.

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Class: SurfaceWaterBody

  1. Please include here any comments which apply to all the schema elements in this Class.
  2. In addition to those general schema element level comments, we welcome your views on: a) whether you think this Class can be simplified;  and b) whether you think the linkages with other reporting Classes or Schemas can be improved, and how;

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euSurfaceWaterBodyCode - Required.

Unique EU code of the surface water body. Prefix the surface water body’s national, unique code with the Member State’s 2-alpha character ISO country code.

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euSubUnitCode - Conditional.

If the RBD has been divided into Sub-units, report the unique EU code of the Sub-unit where the water body is located. Prefix the Sub-unit’s national, unique code with the Member State’s 2-alpha character ISO country code.

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surfaceWaterBodyName - Required.

Readily understandable name of the surface water body in English that is meaningful outside of the RBD or Member State. It should include the name of the river, lake, transitional water, coastal water or territorial water in which the surface water body is located.

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surfaceWaterBodyCategory - Required.(SWCategoryCode_Enum)

Category of surface water body must be reported.

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naturalAWBHMWB - Required.(NaturalCode_Enum)

Indicate whether the surface water body is natural or artificial or heavily modified.

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hmwbWaterUse - Conditional.(HMWBWaterUse_Enum)

For HMWBs only, report the water use for which it has been designated.

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hmwbPhysicalAlteration - Conditional.(HMWBPhysicalAlteration_Enum)

For HMWBs only, report the physical alteration that has resulted in the designation of the surface water body as a HMWB. In the context of designation, physical alterations mean any significant alterations that have resulted in substantial changes to the hydromorphology of a surface water body such that the surface water body is substantially changed in character. In general, these hydromorphological characteristics are long-term and alter both the morphological and hydrological characteristics. Further guidance on the terms is found in the Glossary section below.

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reservoir - Conditional.(YesNoUnclearReservoir_Enum)

For heavily modified river or lake water bodies, indicate whether the water body is a reservoir that has been created by damming a river (‘Yes, it is a reservoir and the water body was originally a river’) or an existing lake (‘No, it is a reservoir but the water body was originally a lake’).

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surfaceWaterBodyTypeCode - Required.

Member State code for the characterisation type of the surface water body, as reported in the surface water methodology schema (SWMET), and the RBMP and background documents.

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surfaceWaterBodyIntercalibrationType - Required.(SWIntercalibrationType_Enum)

If the surface water body type corresponds with an intercalibration type, report the intercalibration type code (not name).

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surfaceWaterBodyTransboundary - Required.(YesNoNotApplicable_Union_Enum)

The Directive requires coordination among Member States for the management of transboundary Water Bodies. Transboundary water bodies are those crossing the border between countries or constituting part of the border between two countries for a certain length. 

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swAssociatedProtectedArea - Required.(YesNoCode_Enum)

Indicate whether the surface water body is associated to any protected area.

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Guidance on contents of RBMPs/background documents

(Please see the full text of this sub-section in the WFD Reporting Guidance 2016 or above chapter)

Include here any comments that relate to the information contained in this sub-section of the Reporting Guidance, namely concerning information you think could/should be reported electronically and information which you believe should not be included in the River Basin Management Plans or background documents.

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