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

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

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The South Western RBD is a largely rural area with many high quality waters and protected sites that depend on water. Its mix of fertile valleys and mountainous landscapes host agricultural and forestry activities and its spectacular coastline, surfing beaches and remote beauty spots attract many tourists. Water is critical to the economy of the South Western 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 South Western 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.

SWRBD RBMP 2010.pdf  Download  
SWRBD SEA Statement.pdf  Download  
SWRBD SEA Scoping Report.pdf  Download  
SWRBD SEA Environmental Report Part 2.pdf  Download  
SWRBD SEA Environmental Report Part 1.pdf  Download  
SWRBD SEA Environmental Report Part 3.pdf  Download  
Habitats Dircetive Article 6 Assessment SWRBD.pdf  Download  
Appendix III Other policies, plans and programmes assessment.pdf  Download  
Appendix II RBMP additional measures (further actions) assessment SWRBD.pdf  Download  
Appendix 1 Screening Spreadsheet - SW.xls  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 4,829 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.


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 that will be implemented after public consultation and sign off by the Minister.