Catchment News

The Dodder Gathering, 2017

Join us for a celebration of The River Dodder in The Hive, Herbert Park, with family fun events on Saturday April 1st from 2-4pm, and Sunday April 2nd from 10am-1pm.

All are welcome and you can just turn up on the day, no booking is required.

Events will include:

  • Interactive Displays on life below and above the River
  • Walks and Talks:
    • Angling demonstrations
    • Biodiversity
    • Water Quality
    • How to get involved with Dodder Action and other community groups to protect the river
    • How to tackle invasive species
    • Native frogs , lizards and being wise with exotic pets,
    • Birdwatching on the River
    • Coastal biodiversity where the Dodder meets the sea.

This event is organised by the Waters and Communities Office, Dodder Action, Dublin Bay Biosphere and Dublin City Council.


Invite your friends…

If you know anyone who might be interested, we’d really appreciate if you could share this post with them, and if you have any friends on Facebook who you think might be interested, you can invite them along to the event using this link:

Dodder Family Fun Events 1-2 April
The Hive Herbert Park Location Map

Dodder Stakeholder Gathering, April 1st, 10am-1pm (Booking Required)

There is also an event for those directly involved in looking after The Dodder, and those who may be interested in getting more involved.

This takes place from 10am – 1pm on Saturday April 1st and you need to book a place if you want to attend.

To book this event please contact Emma Levey-Neilson in Dublin City Council on 01-2223389 or via email –

Dodder Gathering 1 April

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.


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 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.