Catchment News

August 2023 Hydrology Bulletin

The Hydrology Summary Bulletin for August 2023 outlines the flows in rivers, rainfall, lake levels, groundwater levels and spring outflows of over 300 stations across Ireland.


The monthly rainfall totals were above the long-term average for August in most places, wettest in
the Northeast and Southwest. The monthly average river flows for August remained high since last
month, with 87% of monitoring stations above the long-term normal for August. Similarly, 88% of
lake and turlough monitoring stations observed levels above the long-term normal range for this

Average monthly groundwater levels also rose at 68% of monitoring wells since July with almost
three-quarter (73%) of monitoring wells recording levels above the long-term average for August.
Similarly, most monitored spring outflows were above the normal range this time of year.

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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.