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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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River water quality dips due to ‘set dates’ for slurry spreading

River water quality dips due to ‘set dates’ for slurry spreading River water quality has fallen sharply because farmers are forced to spread slurry between set dates and not when it is safest to do so, the Association of Farm and Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) has said.  Speaking at the Oireachtas agriculture committee, the group’s chief executive Michael Moroney said current rules are not...
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Considerable Risk in the Reliability of Drinking Water Supplies nationally – report

Considerable risk in the reliability of drinking water supplies nationally - report The EPA launched its Drinking Water in Public Supplies 2020 Report today. While the report states that 99.7% of publicly supplied drinking water is compliant with biological and chemical standards it shows there is considerable risk in the reliability of drinking water supplies nationally. At the end of 2020, 4...
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New indicator on pesticides in European waters

New indicator on pesticides in European waters The EEA has published a new indicator that tracks findings of pesticides in Europe’s rivers, lakes and groundwaters. The data, collected from EEA member countries across Europe, shows the share of water bodies where excessive levels of pesticides have been recorded from 2013 to 2019. The data are limited to those pesticides reported by countries to E...
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Half of urban wastewater not treated to basic EU standards – EPA report

Half of urban wastewater not treated to basic EU standards - EPA report It could take another two decades to stop waste water being pumped into rivers, lakes and seas but Irish Water has “no clear plan” on how to get there, the environmental watchdog has said in a damning new report.  Ongoing “unacceptable delays” mean dozens of towns and villages across the country continue to pollute. Accordin...
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EU Commission adopts EU Action Plan: “Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil”

EU Commission adopts EU Action Plan: "Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil" The European Commission adopted the EU Action Plan: “Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil” today – a key deliverable of the European Green Deal and the main topic of this year's EU Green Week. It sets out an integrated vision for 2050: a world where pollution is reduced to levels that are no longer har...
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Streams play big role in our clean water and biodiversity

Small streams are crucial for clean water and biodiversity. `A new international research project led by UCD’s school of biology and environmental science wants to find ways to limit pollution and improve animal and plant life in this important ecosystem.  It is hard to believe but small streams make up about three-quarters of the length of the Irish river network. Of the 74,000km of river chann...
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