4. Conclusion and next steps
The majority of responses were in favour of the proposals for new and revised environmental standards set out in our recent consultation. Together these changes should enable a more accurate assessment of the condition of Scotland's water environment and we propose to introduce these standards as outlined in the consultation. However, in consideration of the useful feedback received we will continue to monitor, assess and review standards to ensure they are fit for purpose.
We now propose to introduce the standards by means of Directions to SEPA. These standards will be used to inform the development of the 3rd round of river basin management plans.