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Freshwater Morphology (2008)

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Freshwater Morphology (2008)

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"Morphology" is a description of the shape and direction water flows in a waterbody, for example a river, and how they change in shape and direction over time.

Through a series of literature reviews, benchmarking with other Member States, data collection and analysis, fieldwork and consultation with river management experts;
recommendations have been made on the key elements that contribute towards an overall management framework for Freshwater Morphology, and inform River Basin
Management Plans. The key elements are as follows:

  • Classification and Monitoring
  • Risk Assessment
  • Programmes of Measures for Morphology

Morphological Assessment for WFD is undertaken with the objective of classifying waterbodies as high, good, moderate, poor, or bad morphological status. The
morphological status of a surface waterbody should support ecological status. In accordance with WFD, a waterbody cannot be classified as high ecological status, if the
morphology status is not high. Therefore morphological assessment is an important part of the overall classification process.

Prior to the introduction of the WFD, classification and monitoring of morphological condition was not systematically undertaken in Ireland. Therefore a methodology had to
be established to provide a field survey and associated scoring system to allow classification of morphology in terms of WFD status. The main output of this is determining if morphology status supports overall High Ecological Status. It is also important in confirming impact of morphology pressures acting on waterbodies.

FW_Morph_POMS_FINAL_REPORT.pdf  Download  
FW_Morph_POMS_Recommendations_on_Programmes_of_Measures.pdf  Download  
Freshwater Morphological Assessment in Rivers - RA Refinement (2008).pdf  Download  
FW_Morph_POMS_Lit_Review1.pdf  Download  
FW_Morph_POMS_Lit Review2.pdf  Download  
FW_Morph_POMS_Legislation_Review.pdf  Download  
FW_Morph_POMS_Irish_Recovery_Datasets_Provision_CFB_Appendix1.pdf  Download  
FW_Morph_POMS_Irish_Recovery_Datasets_Provision_CFB.pdf  Download  
FW_Morph_POMS_Fieldwork_RA_Refinement_Outcome_Report_Apr 07.pdf  Download  
FW_Morph_POMS_Fieldwork_RA_Refinement_Outcome_Report_Apr 07 (1).pdf  Download  
FW_Morph_POMS_Cost_Effectiveness_Feasibilit_of_Enhancement.pdf  Download  
FW_Morph_POMS_Channelisation_Recovery_Assessment.pdf  Download  
FW_Morph_POMS_Best_Practice_Review_Toolkit.pdf  Download  
FW Morph POMS Compass_Informatics_Morphology_Report-1-8.pdf  Download  
1472473426wpdm_FW Morph POMS Assessment of the risks of barriers - Nore catchment[2).pdf  Download  
1472473424wpdm_FW Morph POMS Assessment of the risks of barriers - Nore catchment[1].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.

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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.