The Water Framework Directive creates a legal framework for the protection and restoration of clean waters across the European Union (the official title is 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). The Directive, which entered into force in December 2000, provides common principles, approaches and requirements for water management in the European Union; it also leaves broad leeway for Member State individual approaches. The Directive addresses EU surface waters, including coastal waters, as well as groundwater. By 2015, Member States are to achieve “good water status”, a term that incorporates both chemical parameters (i.e. low pollution levels) as well as ecological ones (healthy ecosystems).
Under the Directive, water management is based on River Basins. EU Member States set up river basin districts and designate the administrative unit for each district: in many Member States, these are water councils. Where a river basin includes more than one Member State or crosses from the EU to neighboring countries, the Directive calls for the creation of an international river basin district. Both national and international districts should prepare management plans by 2009, and these provide a form of IWRM planning.
However, as Thanos Kafkalidis explained in Gijon, sometimes it is better to take individual and direct action; even if the endeavour would take long. You can see his presentation here