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Lake Sampling in Co. Meath

Lake Sampling in Co. Meath Vytautas Sakinis (pictured) and John Lyons of Verde Environmental Consultants undertaking sampling of Lough Owel, Co. Westmeath under  the Water Framework Directive. The Water Framework Directive (WFD) requires the development of River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) on a cyclical basis, and the establishment of Programmes of Measures (POMs) based on these plans. RBMP...
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Sharing Lessons Learned from Water Governance – EPA Research

Sharing Lessons Learned from Water Governance - EPA Research Ireland’s water resources are an important natural asset. Clean, healthy water is essential for our economy, our aquatic wildlife and our health and wellbeing. However, as noted in the foreword to the draft third-cycle River Basin Management Plan (Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, 2021), (Department of Housing, Local...
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Assessment of the catchments that need reductions in nitrogen concentrations to achieve water quality objectives

Assessment of the catchments that need reductions in nitrogen concentrations to achieve water quality objectives The EPA has carried out an analysis to identify the catchments where nitrogen concentrations are too high to support healthy aquatic ecosystems, or at least Good Ecological Status under the Water Framework Directive.  The reductions in nitrogen in waters that are needed in these catchm...
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Alien species and the EU Water Framework Directive: a comparative assessment of European approaches

Although the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) does not refer explicitly to alien species (AS), it is clear that invasive AS (IAS) are considered a pressure on WFD water bodies. This article discusses the results of a questionnaire sent to all EU Member States, demonstrating considerable variability in the way that AS data are used in implementing the WFD. Responses were received from 18 co...
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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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Water Framework Directive fit for purpose – evaluation

A fitness check of the Water Framework Directive, its associated Directives, and the Floods Directive concludes that they are overall fit for purpose, with some room for enhanced effectiveness. Despite improvements in the protection of water bodies and flood risk management, the evaluation points to insufficient level of implementation by Member States and by sectors with a heavy impact on wate...
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“EU rivers and wetlands are dying as a result of pollution and destructive infrastructure” – WWF

Further to our blog post EU Commission reviews progress made in water quality and flood risk management, the WWF European Policy Office issued its opinion on the findings. Europe’s rivers are suffering. Despite the EU’s strong water legislation, the European Commission’s latest report on its implementation, published today, paints a bleak picture. Although some progress has been made, Member St...
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EU Commission reviews progress made in water quality and flood risk management

The European Commission today published its assessment of both Member States’ River Basin Management Plans and Flood Risk Management Plans for the period 2015 to 2021.The Commission report on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (assessment of the second River Basin Management Plans) and the Floods Directive (first Flood Risk Management Plans) looks at how Member States have impleme...
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Roll out of Sustainability Support & Advisory Programme announced

The Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine, Michael Creed TD, has announced the roll-out of an innovative collaboration between Government and industry delivering 30 new ‘Agricultural Sustainability Advisors’ to work with farmers across the country.  These advisors will oversee the implementation of a Programme aimed at encouraging sustainable farming, while meeting stringent water quality re...
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Public Consultation on General Scheme of Water Environment (Abstractions) Bill 2018

A 6-week process of public consultation on the General Scheme of the Water Environment (Abstractions) Bill 2018 commenced on Friday, 31 August and a summary of the proposals, plus the General Scheme, is now published on the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government’s website. The Water Environment (Abstractions) Bill 2018 provides for the introduction of a regime for the control of t...
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