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Catchments Newsletter: sharing science and stories. Winter 2018.

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Catchments Newsletter: sharing science and stories. Winter 2018.

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Winter 2018 Catchments Newsletter

The Winter 2018 Catchments Newsletter looks at:

  • Waters and Communities: news from around the country
    • Cavan: protecting drinking water from pesticides
    • Donegal: Source to Tap and Slow the Flow
    • Dublin: World Water Day and Dublin Water Action Day
    • Galway: Cuan Beo and Galway Bay, celebrating the River Nanny,  The Irish Workhouse Centre, and Glenamaddy Tidy Town's Turlough
    • Mayo: Castlebar Community Clean, and Ballina Salmon Festival
    • Westmeath: Athlone’s community spirit, and St. Joseph’s Foroige, Streamstown
  • Understanding our catchments: Water Framework Directive characterisation
  • The River Basin Management Plan, 2018-2021
  • The Local Authority Waters Programme Catchment Assessment Team
  • Significant Pressures: selected summaries
    • Agriculture
    • Hydromorphology
    • Forestry
    • Peat
    • Urban Waste Water
    • Invasive Species
  • Telling stories with data
  • Local Catchment Assessments - the next step in characterising our catchments
  • Map: Priority Areas for Action, 2018-2021

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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.