Polish Waters with new licenses

20 listopada 2019 r.

The Act amending the Water Law enters into force. The amendment allows Polish Waters to take over the ownership rights of the State Treasury over inland waterways with special transport significance. The new regulations are also to ensure stable sources of financing for Polish Waters.

The Act will introduce solutions which streamline administrative proceedings. There will be specifications regarding requirements for granting water law approvals and decisions: determining the nature of waters, establishing the shoreline, exempting from prohibitions in force in areas of particular flood risk. This will allow faster water law approvals.
The amendment introduces many facilitations for water users. For example, the depth of a pond of which building does not require a permission has been increased from 2 to 3 m. A water legal notification is sufficient in this case.
The amendment also stipulates that in water law permits the maximum amount of water withdrawn and sewage introduced will be determined in cubic meters per second, not in cubic meters per hour, as it was before.
One of the most important changes concerns the transfer of financing from Polish Waters to the state budget of the state service activities: the State Hydrometeorological Service, the State Hydrogeological Service and the State Service for the security of damming facilities.
The amendment also emphasises education. Schools, colleges and NGOs will be able to download information from the water management information system free of charge for the purpose of promoting knowledge in this area.
The full text of the amendment is available HERE 
The amended regulations, in principle, are to apply after 14 days from the date of their publication in the Journal of Laws.
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