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Blue Dot project will improve the environment and its water quality

A five-year pilot project recently launched under the IRD Duhallow rural development group will develop a farmer-focused approach to simultaneously supporting local agriculture and enhancing the freshwater environment. Working closely with farmers in the North Cork catchments of the Rivers Allow, Dalua and Owenanare - which are home to a variety of rare and protected species, including otter, salm...
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Europe’s lakes, rivers and coastal waters remain under pressure – EEA report

Pollution, over-abstraction and physical alterations — such as dams and straightening — continue to harm freshwater bodies across Europe. These pressures often have a combined effect on water ecosystems, contributing to biodiversity loss and threatening the benefits that people receive from water. According to the EEA’s recent report, European waters — assessment of status and pressures 2018, o...
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Climate change increasing pressure on water bodies

Climate change is increasing the pressure on water bodies. From floods and droughts to ocean acidification and rising sea levels, the impacts of climate change on water are expected to intensify in the years ahead. These changes are prompting action across Europe. Cities and regions are already adapting, using more sustainable, nature-based solutions to lessen the impact of floods and using wat...
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EU Publication – Water: better ways to manage water resources and the water environment

EU-wide laws, projects and awareness-raising efforts are making a huge difference to how Europeans view water today. The seriousness of water-related problems is recognised. So is the need for better ways to manage water resources and the water environment. Heavy fines for polluters are supported. These measures and more are made possible by EU water policy. Lakes and Rivers Europe’s goa...
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Global Groundwater depletion noted in NASA Study of Major shifts in global freshwater

First-of-its-kind study combines NASA satellite observations of Earth with data on human activities to map where--and why--freshwater is changing around the globe. A new global, satellite-based study of Earth's freshwater distribution found that Earth's wet areas are getting wetter, while dry areas are getting drier. The data suggest that this pattern is due to a variety of factors, including hum...
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Users of more than 25,000 litres of water per day to register with the EPA

Last week, Cabinet approved the introduction of Water Environment (Abstractions) Bill for early next year.  This bill will require users of more than 25,000 litres of water per day to register with the EPA for this first time. The bill is designed to establish how much water is being used in the country by organisations and individuals who are extracting water from their own private supplies. Ir...
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River Basin Management Plan 2018-2021 Launched

Plan to result in the protection and improvement of water quality in approximately 726 water bodies in Ireland €1.7 billion investment in urban waste water treatment infrastructure by 2021 New Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme to promote best agricultural practice regarding water quality in 190 targeted areas River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) for Ir...
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