Catchment News

Communities Caring for Water Conference 2022 – Saturday 26 November 2022

The Communities Caring for Water Conference is back and you can register now to attend online. This year’s conference theme is ‘Community participation in a changing environment‘ and it takes place on Saturday 26 November. The focus will be on how communities are collaborating for water quality, showcasing opportunities to integrate Nature Based Solutions in the urban and rural environment, Citizen Science initiatives and an introduction into how communities can influence their local Catchment Management plans.

This conference is run by the Local Authority Waters Programme and The Rivers Trust. Speakers include Minister Malcolm Noonan, representatives from the LA Waters Programme and The Rivers Trust, Met Eireann, Seal Rescue Ireland, the National Biodiversity Data Centre and the Zoological Society London, and groups from around the country including Cuan Beo (Galway), South Tipperary Development Company, Greashill Tidy Towns and the River Blackwater Catchment Trust.

Register now to attend 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.