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Inland Fisheries appeal to farmers to avoid water pollution

Inland Fisheries Ireland has issued an appeal to farmers to remain vigilant during the fertiliser spreading season to avoid water pollution and the loss of nutrients or other chemicals into rivers, lakes and other watercourses. The appeal comes on the back of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s preliminary collation of fish kill data for 2019 which indicate that 20 fish kills were recorded nationally (a...
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Only 16% of waterways in Ireland are clean – report

A survey conducted by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows that only 16% of coastal areas and waterways are clean, with the River Tolka, the River Barrow and Cork Harbour being 'heavily littered'.  The survey found that while the majority of Irish towns are clean, its beaches and waterways are not. The business group studied 42 beaches, harbours and river areas around the country....
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Nitrate pollution concerns halt housebuilding in UK

Five local authorities in the Solent area have put a hold on determining planning applications for new housing as a result of advice from Natural England about nitrate pollution. Following two rulings by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the ‘Dutch Case’ (C-293/17 and C-294/17) and ‘People Over Wind’ (C-323/17), Natural England has advised local planning authorities in the Solent area...
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Smith calls for action plan to tackle plastic pollution in rivers and lakes

A local Fianna Fáil TD has written to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action, and Environment to express his concern at the high level of plastic pollution in lakes and rivers following representations from individuals and organisations. “It is clear to anyone who walks by, sails on, or uses our rivers or lakes how badly plastic pollution has become," explained Deputy Brendan Smith. "I...
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Glyphosate detected in Mayo public water supply

Excess levels of the herbicide glyphosate have been traced in the public water supply of Newport in Co Mayo.  Glyphosate is an active ingredient in over 750 products including Roundup weedkiller which is widely used by Irish farmers and gardeners.  Mayo County Council’s environment section is currently carrying out investigations in the catchment area to determine the source of this excess. In ...
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Irish Water clears massive 8ft sewage blockage in Wicklow

Irish Water have urged residents in Wicklow to ‘Think Before You Flush’, after a massive sewage blockage was cleared from the Bollarney Wastewater Pumping Station, Wicklow, over the weekend by Wicklow County Council staff, working on behalf of Irish Water. This was the third blockage in one day at the station. The blockage occurred as a result of inappropriate items, such as wet wipes, cotton bud ...
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EU regulations governing Water Pollution – are you compliant?

After the Failure of Ringsend tank led to sewage discharge into Dublin Bay are you compliant with the regulations governing water pollution? Rules governing the discharge of wastewater and the protection of water resources At EU level, the discharge of wastewater and the protection of water resources are primarily regulated by: the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC, as amended by Di...
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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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Council to investigate water pollution at Dublin City beaches

Sandymount Strand had “poor” water quality in 2017, said Andy Fanning, an environmental scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a presentation to councillors on the environment committee last week. That had spiralled from “sufficient” in 2016 and 2015, and “good,” in 2014.  The water quality at Merrion Strand has held steady for the last three years from 2015 to 2017: at “poor”, ...
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Failure to treat waste water properly is damaging our rivers and coastal waters – EPA report

Though we have seen some improvements, Ireland is not investing quickly enough to provide the infrastructure needed to treat our waste water, highlights the EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2017, released today.  Deficiencies exist in many treatment plants and public sewers, due to a legacy of underinvestment, and waste water is still entering the environment without receiving sufficie...
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