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NI Water Framework Directive Lake Quality Update 2020 statistics released

Northern Ireland Water Framework Directive Lake Quality Update statistics for 2020 have been published by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. This statistical report contains summary information on the status of lakes for the three River Basin Districts in Northern Ireland based on data collected up to the end of 2019. Download the report. The key points include:...
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Agriculture regulations are “clearly not functioning” to protect water quality

The recent swimming bans in County Clare indicate that the agriculture regulations to prevent water pollution are “clearly not functioning,” according to An Taisce.  The ban in waters in north and west Clare due to increased bacterial levels is the second of its kind implemented in a fortnight and comes on the heels of heavy rainfall in the area. The increase in rainfall has caused runoff from ...
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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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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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Rivers in Northern Ireland struggle to meet EU targets

Ambitious targets for cleaning up Northern Ireland's rivers will be very difficult to meet, according to a former government scientist. Bob Foy said it would be hard to improve water quality in many of the 450 rivers in Northern Ireland. Fewer than one in three are in good or high condition under a mandatory EU framework.  Mr Foy, who spent 40 years working on water quality, says getting the rest...
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River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2022-2027 – public consultation

Mr. Eoghan Murphy T.D. Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government has published the draft timetable and work programme for the third-cycle River Basin Management Plan 2022 – 2027., The six-month public consultation runs to the 28th June 2019. The timetable and work programme sets out the main steps and milestones in the three year process of preparing Ireland’s third River B...
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River drainage basin map of Ireland

Beautiful and informative river drainage basin map of Ireland. The River Shannon is Ireland’s longest river (224 miles, 360 km) and discharges on average more than 200,000 litres of water per second into the Shannon estuary at Limerick, where it enters the sea. That is the same volume as 5 Olympic-sized swimming pools every minute! Half of all the endangered freshwater pearl mussels in Europ...
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Pollutions levels examined in Lough Melvin

Lough Melvin is one of the first of Leitrim’s lakes to be investigated in relation to pollution by the new River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018 -2021.  Director of Services Vincent Dwyer outlined a few different programmes currently overseeing Leitrim Lakes.  There is the Department of Planning’s River Basin Management Plan, Teagasc’s new advisory support programme and the council’s sta...
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New Local Authority Waters Programme Catchment Assessment Team announced

Ireland’s River Basin Management Plan 2018 – 2021 was launched in April 2018, setting out measures to be implemented over the next four years, and a new approach for the protection and management of our rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters. This new approach will involve closer collaboration between Local Authorities and state agencies. Underpinning this second cycle River Basin Manageme...
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Restoring floodplains would improve state of water – EEA report

Areas next to rivers hold potential for cost-effective flood protection and improving the health of an entire river ecosystem. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing ‘Why should we care about floodplains?, restoring European floodplains closer to their natural state would contribute to the achievement of several European Union policies. Estimates suggest that 70-90 % of Europe’...
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