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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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Draft Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan for Water Quality and Water Services Infrastructure

Mr. Eoghan Murphy T.D. Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, invites submissions, observations and comments on the Draft Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan for Water Quality and Water Services Infrastructure. Climate change is arguably one of the most important and pervasive global threats we face in the 21st century. Its main impacts are projected to relate to increasing te...
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Climate change is seen as the most pressing environmental issue in Ireland – EPA 2018 Report

An overwhelming majority of adults (86%) recognise the value of the environment to the people of Ireland, recent research conducted on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found.  The EPA released the findings to coincide with the launch of its EPA 2018 in Review report. The Red C poll in November 2018 explored attitudes towards environmental issues. Commenting on the survey,...
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EU Commission reviews progress made in water quality and flood risk management

The European Commission today published its assessment of both Member States’ River Basin Management Plans and Flood Risk Management Plans for the period 2015 to 2021.The Commission report on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (assessment of the second River Basin Management Plans) and the Floods Directive (first Flood Risk Management Plans) looks at how Member States have impleme...
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