asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many hydrologists will be required in the administration of the European Union Water Framework Directive; and
Whether they have made an assessment of the availability of sufficient trained hydrologists to administer the European Union Water Framework Directive.
The Environment Agency is currently carrying out a strategic review of hydrology expertise within the organisation to ensure that we have the capacity to meet our future obligations, including those related to the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). At this stage, the exact number of hydrologists needed is not known.