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2021 EPA Water Conference – Programme

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This year’s EPA Water Conference will be held online on 16 & 17 June 2021. This year’s theme is Water: integrating policy and practice. The conference is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.

Expert speakers will share their knowledge on how to protect & improve water quality in Ireland.

There will be opportunities to network, communicate with fellow attendees and participate in polling and Q&A sessions. There will be a panel discussion with questions and answers moderated by Tom Collins, An Fórum Uisce, on the second day.


You can register for free now at

EPA Water Conference 2021 - Programme & Speakers.pdf  Download  


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 4,829 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives and measures 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 that will be implemented after public consultation and sign off by the Minister.