- 4.2 Establishment of GEP for AWBs & HMWBs
MEP which is defined in Step 10 establishes the reference conditions for each designated water body or group of water bodies against which the environmental quality objective of GEP is set (Step 11). For provisionally designated water bodies, the determination of GEP and the consequent risk of failing the GEP objective must be complete by December 2008. The assessment will require expert judgement and will be undertaken by the EPA supported by relevant authorities. If a designated AWB or HMWB will not be able to meet the objective of GEP by 2015, then a programme of measures or a case for derogation has to be developed for the draft first RBMP which allows one year for consultation on the draft RBMP before its publication in 2009.