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Nature-based Solutions to the Management of Rainwater and Surface Water Runoff in Urban Areas

Nature-based Solutions to the Management of Rainwater and Surface Water Runoff in Urban Areas Extreme rainfall events are becoming more frequent as we increasingly see the effect of climate change on the environment. If we do not manage the flow of surface water in urban areas, there will be a significant increase in both the level of pollution entering water bodies from urban runoff and th...
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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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Ministers encourage people to air views on Water Quality at forthcoming local public meetings

Ministers encourage people to air views on Water Quality at forthcoming local public meetings The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD, and the Minister of State with responsibility for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, have encouraged members of the public to give their views on water quality through a number of open meetings to be held around t...
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What is the future for monitoring Europe’s surface waters? New study assesses effectiveness and results from Water Framework Directive data

What is the future for monitoring Europe’s surface waters? New study assesses effectiveness and results from Water Framework Directive data A new large-scale study of data from over 8000 sites across 31 European countries has found that the monitoring of water quality and ecological risks has improved over time (from 2001 to 2015), but the water condition itself has worsened. The findings indicat...
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Water Advisory Board – Quarterly Report Nov 21

Water Advisory Board - Quarterly Report Nov 21 In its latest quarterly report, the Water Advisory Body (the WAB) is concerned by two significant incidents that affected drinking water in August of 2021 in the Ballymore Eustace and Gorey drinking water treatment plants. The WAB is particularly concerned by the failings highlighted by these incidents, the risk to public health and failures in commu...
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Water Quality in 2020: An Indicators Report

Water Quality in 2020: An Indicators Report The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the Water Quality in 2020: An Indicators Report, which provides an assessment of the quality of Ireland’s rivers, lakes, estuaries and groundwaters.  The main threat to water quality is high nutrient levels, such as phosphorus and nitrogen which come from human activities. Many rivers, groundwaters...
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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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Water quality tests in Ireland not good enough – real picture a lot worse

Water quality tests in Ireland not good enough - real picture a lot worse Professor Dearbháile Morris and Dr Liam Burke of NUI Galway say the EU-backed water pollution tests being used here do not give an accurate reading. There has been an explosion of sea swimming in Ireland in recent times, and with that comes a demand for the best, up-to-date and detailed information about water quality.  So...
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Farm growth has come at expense of the environment

Farm growth has come at expense of the environment EU regulations for farmers haven’t prevented water quality deterioration, and further action is required, says the Environmental Protection Agency.  In its recent submission on the fourth review of Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme (NAP), the EPA said water quality problems are not just a concern for the more intensive farms but are relevant to...
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More action is needed by Local Authorities to protect Air and Water Quality warns EPA

More action is needed by Local Authorities to protect Air and Water Quality warns EPA The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its report on local authority environmental enforcement activities for 2019.  The EPA has seen an increase in both the numbers of inspections and enforcement actions taken by local authorities since 2018 with the bulk of these relating to waste and litter.  ...
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