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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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Rivers in Northern Ireland struggle to meet EU targets

Ambitious targets for cleaning up Northern Ireland's rivers will be very difficult to meet, according to a former government scientist. Bob Foy said it would be hard to improve water quality in many of the 450 rivers in Northern Ireland. Fewer than one in three are in good or high condition under a mandatory EU framework.  Mr Foy, who spent 40 years working on water quality, says getting the rest...
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“EU rivers and wetlands are dying as a result of pollution and destructive infrastructure” – WWF

Further to our blog post EU Commission reviews progress made in water quality and flood risk management, the WWF European Policy Office issued its opinion on the findings. Europe’s rivers are suffering. Despite the EU’s strong water legislation, the European Commission’s latest report on its implementation, published today, paints a bleak picture. Although some progress has been made, Member St...
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Water Quality in 2017: an indicators report – EPA

The EPA has released the Water Quality in 2017: An Indicators Report for Ireland. The 16 indicators in the report provide information on the quality of Ireland’s rivers, lakes, canals, estuaries, coastal waters, beaches and groundwaters.  They are: River quality High-quality river sites Nitrate in rivers Phosphate in rivers Canal quality Lake biological quality Total phos...
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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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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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Ireland among worst European performers in a range of environmental areas – CSO report

Ireland has been placed among the worst European performers in a range of environmental areas, according to detailed new statistical analysis.  A biennial report published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows a relatively poor performance in a number of areas, including emissions, greenhouse gases, bathing water standards and the amount of land designated as protected areas for birds. T...
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Small Water Bodies in Ireland: Ecosystem, Degradation and options for restorative action – Report

Small Water Bodies in Great Britain and Ireland: Ecosystem function, human-generated degradation, and options for restorative action - read publication here. Abstract Small headwater streams and ponds play essential roles in providing natural flood control, trapping sediments and contaminants, retaining nutrients, and maintaining biological diversity, which extend into downstream reaches, lakes ...
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Link discovered between microplastics in rivers and wastewater treatment plants

Microplastics in rivers have been found in much higher concentrations downstream from wastewater treatment plants, researchers have found. In one of the first studies to identify potential sources of microplastics pollution, scientists from the University of Leeds measured microplastics concentrations up and downstream of six wastewater treatment plants in northern England.  All of the plants wer...
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