Catchment News

A digital journey through a selection of Blue Dot Catchments

Kerry has some of the most beautiful and pristine rivers and lakes in Ireland. The Local Authority Waters Programme would like to invite you to explore some of these special places by learning about the ‘Blue Dot Catchments Programme’ which has the aim of protecting and restoring their water quality.

An interactive map allows you to gain an in-depth view of our water heritage. Learn how you can get involved in helping to improve water quality in these remarkable areas or your own local catchment.

Breda Moriarty, Local Authority Waters Programme

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Take the journey online

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Who is involved?

Quite simply, everyone in Ireland has a role to play. This can be from something as simple as making sure you don’t pollute your local stream, or a local community working together to establish a Rivers Trust to enhance the rivers and lakes in their area, to a Government Department or Agency helping a Minister implement a new policy to help protect and enhance all our water bodies.

This website has been developed and is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is a collaboration between the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Local Authority Waters Programme.


Local Authority Waters Programme

The Local Authority Waters Programme coordinates the efforts of local authorities and other public bodies in the implementation of the River Basin Management Plan, and supports local community and stakeholder involvement in managing our natural waters, for everyone’s benefit.


Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4,842 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives for each.


Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

The Department is responsible for making sure that the right policies, regulations and resources are in place to implement the Water Framework Directive, and developing a River Basin Management Plan and Programme of Measures to protect and restore our waters.