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Water Matters – Have your say (2007)

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The Water Framework Directive (WFD) was adopted in 2000; it requires governments to take a new approach to managing all their waters: rivers, lakes, groundwater, estuaries and coastal waters. Member States must ensure that their waters achieve at least good status by 2015.

To achieve good status it will be necessary to prepare and implement management plans for our waters.

While work on the Directive requires a considerable amount of technical expertise, it also requires the knowledge, understanding and views of people who use water in their everyday lives, whether they’re drinking it, fishing, feeding cattle with it, swimming in it, using it in manufacturing or even just walking the dog beside it. The users know their water and what condition it is in, so they can check what the scientists have found so far.

The Directive is not just about the environment; an economic analysis of water uses is an essential part of the process.

These booklets list the main uses and activities that may be affected by the management plans. Again, users’ knowledge and understanding can help ensure that all the implications for people and the economy are considered.


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Shannon_WaterMatters_digest_submissions_responses (1).pdf  Download  
Shannon Water Matters Booklet.pdf  Download  
Shannon Water Matters Booklet (1).pdf  Download  
SERBD Leaflet_final.pdf  Download  
NS SHARE Digest of Submissions and Responses to SWMI Reports Final.pdf  Download  
North Western Water Matters Leaflet.pdf  Download  
North Western Water Matters Booklet.pdf  Download  
North Eastern Water Matters Booklet.pdf  Download  
North Eastern Leaflet.pdf  Download  
Neagh Bann Water Matters Leaflet.pdf  Download  
Neagh Bann Water Matters Booklet.pdf  Download  
Eastern Water Matters Report.pdf  Download  
WRBD_Comments_from_Public_Meetings_on_SWMI.pdf  Download  
Western RBD Water Matters Booklet.pdf  Download  
Water_Matters_Onsite_Wastewater_treatment_systems.pdf  Download  
Water_Matters_Municipal_Industrial_Regulations.pdf  Download  
Water_Matters_Diffuse_mobile_organics.pdf  Download  
Water_Matters_Background_Physical_Modifications_rivers.pdf  Download  
Water_Matters_Background_Physical_Modifications_HMWB.pdf  Download  
Water_Matters_Background_Groundwater_risk_from_ urban_pressures.pdf  Download  
Water_Matters_Background_Forest_and Water.pdf  Download  
Water_Matters_background_Dangerous_Substances.pdf  Download  
Water_Matters_Background_Abstractions.pdf  Download  
Water_Matter_Background_Urban pressures.pdf  Download  
Water_Matter_Background_ Marine_Morpholgy.pdf  Download  
SWRBD 'Water Matters' Leaflet.pdf  Download  
SWRBD 'Water Matters' digest of submissions and responses.pdf  Download  
South_Eastern_Water_Matters_Digest_of_Submissions_and_Responses.pdf  Download  
South Western River Basin District Water Matters Report.pdf  Download  
South Eastern Water Matters Booklet.pdf  Download  
ShRBD_SWMI_Leaflet_final.pdf  Download  
ShRBD_SWMI_Leaflet_final (1).pdf  Download  
Shannon_WaterMatters_digest_submissions_responses.pdf  Download  

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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.