This January, my project partner Riona Sheahan and I entered…
2019: our year in review
As we start a new year (and a new decade!) its worth looking back at the year just gone by.
2019 saw boots in the water around the country, with ongoing work by all of our local authorities across Ireland. The new team in the LA Waters Programme continued working with local communities, the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme and other bodies in Areas for Action to protect and improve water quality as part of the implementation of the 2nd Cycle River Basin Management Plan.
At the same time, preparations including a public consultation on Significant Water Management Issues are now underway for the Water Framework Directive 3rd Cycle, which will run from 2022-2027.
The EPA’s Water Quality in Ireland 2013-2018 was released in December 2019, which showed a continued deterioration in water quality. Our estuaries and rivers have the greatest challenges: our estuaries are in the worst condition overall, and our rivers have suffered the greatest number of declines in ecological health in the recent monitoring period. We have also seen an increase in fish kills, an increase in nutrient concentrations, an increase in the number of waterbodies at Poor and Bad status, and a continued loss of high status sites.
However, it is not all bad news. Our groundwaters and coastal waters are in relatively good condition and there has been improvements in water quality in a number of lakes. With these latest water quality data in hand we are now preparing to develop the 3rd cycle river basin management plan for the period 2022-2027.
Water Quality in Ireland 2013-2018
2018 Bathing Water quality
The 2018 Bathing Water Report was released in May 2019. We’re lucky in Ireland to have some of the best and most beautiful beaches in the world. The EPA 2018 Bathing Water Report showed there have been improvements in our bathing waters.
The @EPAIreland Bathing Water Report for 2018 was released today.https://t.co/ROimTqKPfS has the best beaches near to you, with up-to-date information about water quality, weather, tides and accessibility…— EPABeaches (@EPABeaches) May 30, 2019
Read the report: https://t.co/Q1xLT0M7Vi pic.twitter.com/gS8Ml56DEm
We published 3 Catchments Newsletters in 2019:
2019: our year in tweets
The below are @EPACatchments top tweets for each month in 2019…
An Fóram Uisce, the Water Forum, invites applications for the following positions:— EPA Catchments (@EPACatchments) February 8, 2019
•Technical Lead – Catchment Management and Water Services (1 post)
•Communications and Education Lead (1 post)
•Research Lead (1 post)https://t.co/5avLeNzsj6#jobfairy pic.twitter.com/7gUMEq9S0o
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!@copernicusEU image of Lough Derg in Donegal where the cave entrance to hell was revealed to St. Patrick.— EPA Catchments (@EPACatchments) March 17, 2019
On the plus side the lake is in good condition https://t.co/Hy5buHFJhs pic.twitter.com/YqfLCB9W22
The data available for free from Copernicus are very valuable to our work on water quality in Ireland, and have huge future potential to increase our understanding #EPAWater2019 https://t.co/vgZXpr3dYC— EPA Catchments (@EPACatchments) May 29, 2019
It is really great to see all this:— EPA Catchments (@EPACatchments) June 12, 2019
1. Break the pathway
2. Buffer strips/riparian margins
3. identify and manage Critical Source Areas
4. Check weather forecast
5. Fence off streams https://t.co/G15aEnFmyk
You can read all about this citizen science survey and see some awesome photos of dragonflies and damselflies in the Autumn 2019 Catchments Newsletter:https://t.co/axmpXYORNC— EPA Catchments (@EPACatchments) October 10, 2019
This project has been funded by @EPAIreland https://t.co/BiAA38rSt0
“I know more about what is on the land now. You’d be more interested if you’re getting paid for having the flowers on the land. I always thought they were weeds before this scheme” – farmer in County Leitrim pic.twitter.com/KwUgARsjNA— EPA Catchments (@EPACatchments) November 1, 2019