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Protection and Improvement

Protection and improvement measures

Improvement programmes

Our key regulatory regime for the delivery of measures to protect and improve our water environment is the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011. Ministers have also issued policy statements on the regulations; the use of related emergency provisions; and how third party interests will be properly taken into account.

The Scottish Ministers direct SEPA from time to time regarding specific issues. Current directions include:

Partnership working

This regulatory approach is supplemented by our programme of partnership work with land managers to reduce rural diffuse pollution, and our programme to improve the physical condition of the water environment through a range of regulatory, voluntary and economic instruments. Further detail can be found in the River Basin Management Plans.