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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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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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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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EPA to use drones to monitor water quality in inaccessible lakes

EPA to use drones to monitor water quality in inaccessible lakes Drones are set to play an increasing role in the monitoring of water quality in Ireland, as a new study demonstrated that the devices are capable of taking samples from remote lakes which are difficult to access by humans. The study, which was commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency, showed that drones could provide...
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Agriculture regulations are “clearly not functioning” to protect water quality

The recent swimming bans in County Clare indicate that the agriculture regulations to prevent water pollution are “clearly not functioning,” according to An Taisce.  The ban in waters in north and west Clare due to increased bacterial levels is the second of its kind implemented in a fortnight and comes on the heels of heavy rainfall in the area. The increase in rainfall has caused runoff from ...
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New EU projects launched to restore Ireland’s blanket bogs and protect water quality

The European Commission Representation in Ireland is pleased to announce the launch of two major new EU-funded environmental projects aimed at restoring Ireland’s blanket bogs and protecting and improving the status of the country's freshwater bodies.  The Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Ireland, Gerard Kiely, commented that “these projects will benefit from ...
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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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