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Onema not involved in the river tax

In December, Onema was frequently mentioned in the press and on the internet in conjunction with the proposed tax intended to generate funds for the management of aquatic environments and flood prevention. Contrary to that information, Onema is not involved in the tax that has since been voted by the two legislative chambers. The agency will neither collect nor receive the funds. The mission assigned to Onema has never dealt with river management, but rather enforcing regulations in the water sector. The tax is intended to provide funds for the new responsibility assigned by the law on "modernising public territorial policies and consolidating the role of cities" to local governments concerning management of aquatic environments and flood prevention.


Roles and sectors of responsibility of participants in water policy in France

Onema has produced interactive diagrams and an animated film presenting the roles and sectors of responsibility of the many stakeholders active in the field of WFD water policy in France, including the State and its local services (departmental territorial agencies and regional environmental agencies), basin committees and Water agencies, Onema, local governments, environmental-protection groups, consumer organisations, water users, private companies, farmers, industrial companies, etc.


New pages on on river hydromorphology and migratory fish to assist projects

New pages are available on to help stakeholders in the management of aquatic environments to launch new projects targeting improvements in or the restoration of river morphology and ecological continuity. The objectives are to facilitate access to operational information, to technical and informational documents and data, for various types of projects including environmental assessments, work to identify priorities, raise awareness and mobilise the stakeholders involved, set up preservation and restoration solutions, as well as monitor and assess the implemented projects and action programmes. A number of pages are devoted to the issues surrounding large migratory fish (salmon, eels, etc.) that are both the beneficiaries and the indicators of improvements in the physical characteristics of rivers. The new pages are the result of a partnership between Onema and the Ecology ministry, the Water agencies, the basin environmental agencies and IOWater.

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Two new sites on nonpoint-source pollution

Protection of abstractions

This site provides water managers with a set of methods to effectively set up protective measures against nonpoint-source pollution of abstractions intended for drinking water. Measures include the initial environmental assessment, setting the perimeter of the abstraction supply zone, selecting the type of protection, mapping vulnerabilities, running a social-economic assessment, etc. The site was developed by a technical group set up in 2010 by Onema to encourage and coordinate R&D work on the protection of abstractions. The group comprises research organisations, local State services, agricultural representatives, companies producing drinking water, water managers and decision-makers.

Buffer zones

Buffer zones play a key role in protecting water resources from nonpoint-source pollution produced by farms and transported by water. However, their effectiveness depends on certain factors of which users must be aware. This site proposes an array of tools to create well-designed buffer zones, including prior assessment studies, information on regulatory aspects, technical aspects, etc. The site was developed by a technical group set up in 2011 by Onema. The group comprises the Agriculture and Ecology ministries, research organisations, local State services, agricultural representatives, river-basin managers and project leaders, drinking-water managers, environmental-protection groups, etc.


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