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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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Agricultural policy needs to secure stronger environmental improvements for water in Europe

Agricultural policy needs to secure stronger environmental improvements for water in Europe Agricultural management practices should be based on agroecological principles, organic farming and nature-based solutions, the EEA report ‘Water and agriculture; towards sustainable solutions,’ says. To achieve this, more ambitious measures to promote sustainable agriculture are needed in the upcoming EU ...
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Most water extraction to go unregulated, environment groups warn

Most water extraction to go unregulated, environment groups warn A proposed overhaul of water extraction legislation in Ireland demanded by the European Commission will not regulate heavy users sufficiently, according to environmental groups.  A majority of water abstractions will remain unmonitored and unregulated, including agricultural and commercial abstractions, they warn in response to the ...
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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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Algal bloom causing concern for water quality on Lough Sheelin

Algal bloom causing concern for water quality on Lough Sheelin Eamon Ross from the LSTPA is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and Cavan County Council to develop and put in place a co-ordinated nutrient management plan for the lough. Such a plan would take account of all effluent sources including from local waste water treatment plants faciliti...
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Inland Fisheries Ireland Updates ‘Planning for Watercourses in the Urban Environment’ Guidelines

Inland Fisheries Ireland Updates ‘Planning for Watercourses in the Urban Environment’ Guidelines Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has launched an update of its guideline document ‘Planning for Watercourses in the Urban Environment’.  It outlines an integrated watercourse protection strategy that has been developed by IFI through consultation with a wide range of experts in the area. Watercourses i...
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