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2.2.3        Pressures on surface waters

The main significant pressures on surface water bodies are hydromorphological pressures (affecting 34 % of water bodies), diffuse sources (33 %), particularly from agriculture and atmospheric deposition, particularly of mercury (31 %), followed by point sources (15 %) and water abstraction (6 %)[4]. The main impacts on surface water bodies are nutrient enrichment, chemical pollution and altered habitats due to morphological changes.

[4] Compared to the results in EEA (2018) there is a decrease in the proportion of surface water bodies affected by the listed pressures (between 3 to 7 percentage points), because of better status and less pressures in the extra included countries (Greece, Ireland, Lithuania and Norway). See also

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