Determining of effectiveness of the action program according to the nitrate directive in a period of climate change
The Nitrate Directive defines rules for a delimitation of vulnerable zones and sets out tools to reduce nitrate pollution. The fundamental instrument is the Action Program and the Good Agricultural Practices .
Physicians with a little exaggeration claim that a healthy person does not exist, only to be met with a poorly-diagnosed patient. This claim can also be applied to drinking water and wastewater.
The aim of Council Directive 91/176/EEC regarding the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources  (hereinafter „Nitrates Directive“) is to reduce water pollution coming from agricultural sources and to prevent further such pollutions in order both to provide good‑quality water supplies and to protect surface water against eutrophication.
The paper summarizes the „Methodology for comprehensive management of small water resources to ensure optimal quality of drinking water in normal and emergency situations“ that is a main result of the research project supported by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA 02020184).