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Catchments Newsletter – sharing science and stories. Winter 2017.

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Catchments Newsletter - sharing science and stories. Winter 2017.

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Winter Catchments Newsletter

The Winter Catchments Newsletter looks at:

  • Water Heritage Day - events held all around Ireland
  • Launch of the ‘Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme’ to improve water quality
  • Books:
    • Tapestry of Light - Ireland’s bogs and wetlands as never seen before
    • Dublin Bay - Nature and History
  • The National Water Forum - working for the common good
  • Developing the next River Basin Management Plan: a collaborative approach involving communities
  • What is catchment Science?
  • Local communities developing a vision for their water catchments - The Nore, Thomastown, Dundalk Bay, The Dodder, and Galway Bay
  • Smart Farming
  • Farmland guidelines to help pollinators
  • Tackling invasive species in Cork
  • Science: Shannon bird survey, modelling catchment management solutions for pesticides in the UK, and Irish nutrient modelling that indicates most losses to surface waters are from diffuse sources
  • Resources: New EPA Research reports on climate change, catchment services, sediment flux, Natural Organic Matter (NOM) and Ptaquiloside, and the benefits of good water quality for water-based leisure activities

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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.