EN 14184:2014

Water quality - Guidance for the surveying of aquatic macrophytes in running waters

Publication date:   Jul 17, 2014

General information

90.93 Standard confirmed   Feb 9, 2022


CEN/TC 230 Water analysis

European Norm

13.060.70   Examination of biological properties of water



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This European Standard specifies a method for surveying aquatic macrophytes in running waters for the purpose of assessing ecological status, using these organisms as elements of biological quality. The information provided by this method includes the composition and abundance of the aquatic macrophyte flora.
This European Standard is applicable to all kinds of surface running water bodies, like natural brooks, streams and rivers and their heavily modified equivalents, as well as to artificial water bodies like canals or run-of-river reservoirs.
The general principles of the approach described in this European Standard may also be applied when monitoring water bodies in the fluvial corridor of a river, such as side channels and oxbows.
It is recognized that for a complete assessment of ecological status, other elements of biological quality should also be assessed.

Related legislation

Legislation related to this standard


Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy (substitutes Directive Reference 01/991 - Common Position on WFD)

Life cycle


EN 14184:2003


EN 14184:2014
90.93 Standard confirmed
Feb 9, 2022