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Catchments Newsletter – sharing science and stories. Spring 2017.

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Catchments Newsletter - sharing science and stories. Spring 2017.

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The Spring Catchments Newsletter looks at:
  • The Waters and Communities Office - introducing their team and what they do
  • Details on the public consultation on the draft River Basin Management Plan
  • The new National Forum on Water
  • Launch of new app to track some invasive species of plants by Limerick City and County Council, and a story about how Offaly have managed their invasive species
  • Stories from Italy and Australia about managing floods and drinking water
  • Some winning entries from this year's Young Scientists exhibition
  • The Uisce Aille education project on Integrated Catchment Management in The Burren
  • Stories from the Mulkear, Funshion and Moy about how local communities are working together to help manage their catchments
  • How one volunteer is helping look after wild Irish hedgehogs
  • Love Your River Telford - an example of urban catchment management in the UK
  • And lots more...

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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 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.

LAWCO

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.

EPA

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.

DECLG

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.