The six French water agencies are public institutions of the Ministry for Sustainable Development.

The six water agencies are public institutions of the Ministry for Sustainable Development. They count some 1,800 employees and are entrusted with the tasks of helping reduce pollution from all sources, and protecting the water resources and the aquatic environment.

The water agencies implement the objectives and provisions of the Water Development and Management Master Plans (SDAGE, French management plans of the Water Framework Directive), by fostering well-balanced, efficient management of water and of the aquatic environment, the drinking water supply, flow regulation and the sustainable development of economic activities.

Crucial players in the implementation of public water policy, organised in France around the principle of the concerted management of river basin districts, the water agencies fulfil their duties within the framework of multi-year action programmes, with the ultimate objective of achieving good water status (Water Framework Directive, October 2000).