Catchments Newsletter

Our Catchments Newsletter is a quarterly publication that brings together science and stories from community groups, local authorities, researchers and others about the different ways we all work together to care for Ireland’s rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waters.

We want these stories to inspire more people to join in and participate in looking after their local community’s environment, and particularly our waterbodies, but we can’t do it alone.



Have you a story you want to tell?

We want to tell stories than help people understand the connections between them, their local community’s environment, and enhancing human health. We also want to promote public participation.

If you have a story for a future issue, please get in touch using our Contact page.

“Lively and engaging” – Micheal Viney, The Irish Times


The first issue of the Catchments Newsletter covers:

  • The new Local Authority Waters and Communities Office,
  • Catchment Caser Study: The Loobagh in Limerick
  • A beginners guide to integrated catchment management
  • An explanation of hydromorphology, the launch of the new U
  • Dublin Bay Biosphere
  • Crayfish plague in Lough Gowna
  • Field Trip: Eden Test Catchment, UK
Catchments Newsletter Cover March 2016

The March 2016 issue of the Catchments Newsletter looked at:

  • Locally-led agricultural schemes – 10 step guide to startinga scheme, Burren LIFE, The Blackstairs Hill Farming Group.
  • Duhallow LIFE – community led conservation
  • Cattle – Kerry research on conservation grazing, and a study on their impact on freshwater ecosystems
  • Winter land use restrictions
  • Drinking Water Safety Plans
  • Ireland’s Catchment Flood Risk and Assessment Programme
  • Sustainable community engagement in Wetlands
  • Water Framework Directive Typologies for lakes
  • Agricultural Catchments Programme – Phase 3
  • Farming and Biodiversity Photo Competition with Streamscapes and IASTA
  • The Water Policy Advisory Committee
  • The Water Framework Directive Application – managing and sharing water data
  • Resources Section: Natural Flood Measures, The Wheel on Commissioning for Communities and EU funding for non-profits, making Room for The River, Dredging: a reality check, Natural Capital challenges in the Dairy Sector, and more…
Catchments Newsletter Cover March 2016

The June 2016 issue of the Catchments Newsletter focused on ‘The Story of the Suir’ – with

  • There are several articles highlighting the work that has been done on the Suir catchment, looking at how healthy the catchment is and the chemistry, biology, flow, and more.
  • Technical Note: Electrical Conductivity –  a useful tool for investigating catchment hydrology
  • Teagasc on Protecting Open Drains
  • An update on the Waters and Communities Office
  • LEADER and funding opportunities
  • Freshwater Aquaculture – the MOREFISH project
  • Resources Section: GSI Groundwater Newsletter, Rural Water News, HAB Bulletin, White tailed eagles and anglers, Waterways Ireland Holiday guides, NESC on Burren LIFE, Irish Forum on Natural Capital, How local communities can help pollinators, and more…
Catchments Newsletter Cover March 2016
The Winter Catchments Newsletter looks at:
  • Citizen Science – mapping river obstacles, identifying flies, how tea bags can help you do some science, community catchment science from Antrim, and the Lough Derg Native Fish Biodiversity Project.
  • Communities managing invasive species in Achill and Kilkenny,
  • High Nature Value Farmland and ‘Sustainable Intensification’
  • The impact of nutrient reduction measures on Irish estuaries
  • Biodiversity – the variety of life, saving native apple trees and bees, the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, and detection of predators in the Avon Catchment (UK).
  • Ecosystem Hydrology
  • Climate Change Impacts
  • National Federation of Group Water Schemes – Septic Tanks Systems Desludging pilot
  • The ‘Catchment Services’ concept
  • Resources: Citizen Science for birds, biodiversity and coasts; reporting pollution with an app, urban gardens, Natura 2000

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, Community and Local Government, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office.


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.


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.


Department of Housing, Planning, Community 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.