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Third of Irish rivers and a quarter of lakes fail water quality standards

Third of Irish rivers and a quarter of lakes fail water quality standards More than a third of Irish rivers and a quarter of lakes are failing to meet environmental quality standards due to high levels of polluting nitrates and phosphates, according to a new assessment.  The Environmental Protection Agency’s report for 2019 finds that more than a fifth of groundwater, which is a critical source o...
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Pollinators: importance for nature, drivers of decline and the need for monitoring

Pollinators provide many significant benefits to humankind and the environment. However, there is an ongoing and dramatic decline in the number and diversity of pollinating species in Europe and around the world. Pollinating species include bees, hoverflies, butterflies and moths, and some vertebrate species such as birds and bats. Many pollinator species are extinct or threatened with extinction....
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If Rivers Could Talk

Water is often undervalued by civil society, yet our very existence is dependent on a continuous supply of fresh water. Human activities linked to population growth, food production, industrialisation and land use changes have damaged our natural waters.  If rivers could talk, what story would they tell and how would they view humans and our actions? This is the story told from a rivers’ perspect...
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Council probing source of oil spill in Tralee river

Kerry County Council is working to identify the source of a major pollution incident that has seen the Lee River in Tralee covered by a slick of spilled fuel.  The fuel spill appears to have occurred late last week, and since Friday council staff have been working to clean the spilled fuel from the river, which is a popular trout fishing spot and flows into the sea near Tralee's wetlands wildlif...
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Public Consultation – Ireland’s 2022-2027 River Basin Management Plan

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) has published a document outlining the Significant Water Management Issues for the third River Basin Management Plan for Ireland for public consultation. Why is this consultation being launched? Ireland is currently in the early stages of preparing the third cycle River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) under the Water Framework Di...
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River water quality is deteriorating, finds EPA

The EPA has published the Water Quality in Ireland Report for the period 2013-2018.  This assessment provides an evaluation of the ecological health of Ireland's rivers, lakes, canals, groundwater, estuaries and coastal waters. The analysis is based on the assessment of biological and environmental data collected from 2,703 surface water bodies and 514 groundwater bodies between 2013 and 2018. Th...
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North Cork Creameries Co-operative pleads guilty to polluting Allow River

North Cork Creameries Co-operative Ltd received the benefit of the Probation of Offenders Act following a guilty plea on two charges under fisheries and local government legislation at a sitting of Mallow District Court on Tuesday, 17th September.  The charges followed an investigation by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) in relation to a pollution incident, which occurred on the River Allow at Kan...
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Hundreds of fish found dead in Cork river

Hundreds and possibly thousands, of fish have been found dead in a river in Co Cork, according to Inland Fisheries Ireland.  A spokesperson for the organisation said an initial investigation indicates that “a significant algal bloom” caused the incident. The fish died in a minor tributary of the Bandon River, south of Dunmanway, near Curraghalicky Lake.  The species affected i...
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Suspected ‘pollution incident’ turns UK River blue

A mysterious substance that has turned a tributary of a river in the West Country bright blue is being investigated by the UK Environment Agency.  Tests are being carried out on the River Frome in Somerset this weekend after the water turned a luminous colour. The Environment Agency said it was treating it as a suspected pollution incident but there were no reports of dead wildlife.  Test results ...
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River Shannon Oil Spill kills birds and fish

Efforts are under way in Westmeath to locate the source of an oil spill in the River Shannon over the weekend.  A number of animals, including cormorants and cygnets were covered in oil in the incident on the River Shannon in Athlone at an area known locally as the "Big Meadows". A spokesperson for Athlone SPCA said some of the birds have been taken for special cleaning to an animal sanctuary in ...
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