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Catchments Newsletter – Spring 2019.

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The Spring 2019 Catchments Newsletter looks at:

  • Waters and Communities news from around the country:
    • TidyTowns Waters and Communities Award and 2018 winners, Abbey County Galway
    • Community Information Meetings in Priority Areas for Action
    • Dublin: The River Camac tells a story
    • Galway: Loughrea Lake birdwatching and beach clean up
    • Leitrim: anglers protecting small streams
    • Longford: primary school kids learning about their water and wildlife
    • Roscommon: telling the story of the Portrunny catchment
    • Wexford: schoolchildren working together to understand their local streams and get their community involved
    • Pint of Science; from labs, to pubs and cafes
  • Public consultation: timetable and work programme for Ireland’s River Basin Management Plan 2022-2027
  • Public engagement and environmental policy
  • Ireland’s woodlands and forests: a renewed focus under the second cycle of the River Basin Management Plan
  • Measuring the impact of the 2018 summer drought on river lakes and flows
  • Donation of EPA hydrometric equipment to Engineers Without Borders
  • Dingle Hub: real-time remote sensing to allow continuous water quality monitoring
  • Research projects:
    • Acclimatize – addressing pollution in urban and rural bathing waters
    • EU SWIM Project prepares for the 2019 bathing water Season
    • Small streams and their importance in Ireland
    • The WISDOM Project: learning from Group Water Schemes and connecting water, infrastructure, and people
  • Book reviews:
    • Wilding: the return of nature to a British farm
    • Karst of Ireland: Landscape, Hydrology, Methods

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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 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.

EPA

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.

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.