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South Eastern River Basin District River Basin Management Plan 2009-2015

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South Eastern River Basin District River Basin Management Plan 2009-2015

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The South Eastern RBD is one of Ireland’s largest river basin districts. The population is high compared with the rest of Ireland and there are several large urban centres, the largest being Waterford City, but 80% of the district’s population lives in small villages or one-off houses in rural areas. The rich soils of the south east are particularly suitable for agriculture and around half the land is given over to tillage and grassland. The district’s waters support fishing and boating activities and the coastlines of Wexford and Waterford are popular holiday resorts.

Water is critical to the economy of the South Eastern RBD, generating and sustaining wealth through activities such as agriculture, forestry, aquaculture, power generation, industry, services, transport and tourism.

However, water is a fragile resource that needs to be protected.

The Water Framework Directive (WFD) was adopted in 2000. It requires governments to take a new approach to managing all their waters: rivers, canals, lakes, reservoirs, groundwaters, protected areas (including wetlands and other water-dependent ecosystems), estuaries (transitional) and coastal waters. Member states must ensure that their waters achieve at least good status, generally by 2027 at the latest, and that status doesn’t deteriorate in any waters. To achieve good status and preserve the best waters, it is necessary to prepare and implement management plans for those waters. This plan is for the South Eastern RBD. It covers the period 2009–2015 and has been prepared in consultation with all stakeholders. It sets out the measures to be taken by all stakeholders and the tools to prioritise the application of available resources to those measures, with the aim of achieving the objectives of the directive.

South Eastern River Basin Management Plan (2009-2015).pdf  Download  
SERBD SEA Statement.pdf  Download  
SERBD SEA Scoping Report.pdf  Download  
SERBD SEA Environmental Report Part 1.pdf  Download  
SERBD SEA Environmental Report Part 3.pdf  Download  
SERBD SEA Environmental Report Part 2.pdf  Download  
HD_Article_6_Assessment_SERBD_part2.pdf  Download  
HD_Article_6_Assessment_SERBD_part1.pdf  Download  
Appendix III Other PP assessment SERBD.pdf  Download  
Appendix II Additional measures assessment SE.pdf  Download  
Appendix I Screening Spreadsheet - SE.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.

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.