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Urban Pressures (2009)

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Urban Pressures (2009)

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Under The Water Framework Directive (WFD) a River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) must be prepared for each European river basin and delivered to Europe by the end of 2009.

Each RBMP is required to be accompanied by a comprehensive Programme of Measures for waterbodies which will be required to ensure that the WFD key objectives are achieved by 2015. A detailed understanding of the risks associated with all pollution sources in waterbodies is fundamental for the development of a Programme of Measures to remedy such pollution sources.

In order to acquire a more detailed understanding of the risks posed by the pollution pressures from urban areas CDM were appointed in December 2005 to undertake an urban
pressures study project titled “The Assessment of Urban Pressures in Rivers, Transitional Waters and Ground Waters in Ireland”. The scope of the urban pressures study, which is fundamentally a desktop study, entailed assessing urban pressure risks for the 33 largest urban areas nationally. Urban areas were selected where the population exceeded 10,000 as per the 2002 Census figures.

Urban Pressures - Groundwater March 2009 ISSUE.pdf  Download  
DG48 - Urban Pressures - Final Report Rev 2 - March 2009 LowRes.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.