Skip to main content


Title: River quality objectives
Author: B.L. Milford
Document Type: Monograph
Annotation: EA additional title info: WQP/92/039
River Quality Objectives (RQO's) are a statement of a rivers current and proposed uses and form a national basis for river quality management. RQO's were assigned to all river lengths that were part of the existing routine river monitoring network and to those additional watercourses which were not part of this network but which received discharges from significant effluents. The Department of the Environment (DoE) has confirmed that existing RQO's will remain in place until they are overtaken by the setting of statutory Water Quality Objectives (WQO's). The DoE accepts that the existing system of RQO's continues to serve for the time being as a guide for investment decisions and for effluent discharge consenting purposes. In preparation for the setting of WQO's all existing RQO's have been collated and presented in map and spreadsheet format on a catchment basis. Historical inconsistencies in the original setting of RQO's have been identified and these will be the subject to further investigation and review.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1992
Publication Place: Exeter
Subject Keywords: RiversRiver Quality ObjectivesWater qualityWater management
Extent: 5; + appendices
Total file downloads: 24

Download PDF    Display PDF in separate tab