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Catchments.ie wins 2 Web Awards – Best Science and Technology & Most Innovative Website

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We’re delighted to announce that www.catchments.ie has won 2 awards at the 2016 Realex Payments Web Awards:

  • Best Science and Technology (Sponsored by BT Ireland / BT Young Scientists)
  • Most Innovative Website

Huge thanks to:

This website is a great example of what collaboration between a Government Department, an Agency and Local Government can achieve.

The data on this website is the result of work being done by a huge range of people, including:

  • EPA Catchments Team, Informatics Team, Biologists, Chemists, and Laboratories
  • All 34 Local Authorities
  • Inland Fisheries Ireland

We’ll be doing some minor upgrades to the website between now and the end of the year to take on board internal and external feedback we’ve got so stay tuned.

We’ll also be updating our Status information with 2013-2015 data shortly once some testing is completed.

You can see all the other finalists on the Web Awards website – they are incredibly impressive websites, so we are absolutely delighted to be honoured with these awards.

A special thanks to Brian Durney who helped with the design of the site.

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 waterbodies.

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 and Communities Office.

LAWCO

Local Authority Waters and Communities Office

The Waters and Communities Office has been established to carry out public consultation and engagement, and to coordinate the activities of all 31 local authorities in areas connected with the Water Framework Directive.

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4829 waterbodies, looking at trends and changes and determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives and measures for each.

DECLG

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

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 that will be implemented after public consultation, and sign off by the Minister.