Catchment News

Communities caring for water: Saturday 28 November

This year’s Irish Rivers Trust and Catchment Community Groups Seminar: Communities Caring for Water is going online and takes place on Saturday 28 November from 9:00 to 13:00.

Update: this event can now be watched online at – if you have any queries reagridng this event please contact the Local Authority Waters Programme – email

It will provide important updates, guidance, and inspiration for those working to protect and conserve rivers on the island of Ireland. This event is being un by the LA Waters Programme and The Rivers Trust.

Topics include:

  • Funding for smaller groups and trusts
  • Citizen science
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Communications: cutting through the noise of COVID-19.

Book your free place here:


Updates from on the ground
09.00 – WelcomeMark Horton, The Rivers Trust
Sean Keating, LAWPRO
09.10 – Updates from local trusts
and catchment community groups –
Quickfire presentations
Liz Gabbett, Maigue Rivers Trust/Resilience Project

Pat Boyd, Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Tommy Earley, Farming for NatureAmbassador

Jason Nash, Bandon Rivers Trust
Tools for practitioners
09.30 – Communications: Cutting
through the noise of COVID
Presentations + Q&A
Jayne Mann, The Rivers Trust

Gretta McCarron, An Fóram Uisce / The Water Forum
10.00 – Citizen Science
Presentation, Panel Discussion
+ Q&A
Fran Igoe, LAWPRO

Trish Murphy, Inishowen Rivers
10.30 – Equality, Diversity &
Presentations + Q&A
Bernie Bradley, Social inclusion
Officer, Monaghan County Council

Geraldine McTavish, GAA rep

Packie Kelly, Teach na Daoine
Family Resource Centre

Zeinab El Mustafa, Cultural
11:00 -11:15: Break
11.15 – Building for the Future
Sheevaun Thompson, LAWPRO –
Funding Opportunities

Mark Lloyd: The Rivers Trust
strategy – island of Ireland

Jimmy McVeigh, LAWPRO – How
we are supporting communities

Olive Carey. Shannon Wetlands
Project Urban Wetlands: Building Partnerships for Nature and People

Philip James & Micheal O’Cinneide:Not giving up on LIFE: Developing a public data sharing platform for Ireland’s freshwater environment
12.15 – Launch of Community
Water Development Fund
Sheevaun Thompson, LAWPRO
12.20 – Open Q&AModerator: Mark Horton, The Rivers Trust
12:55 – Closing RemarksBernie O’Flaherty, LAWPRO

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.