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Western River Basin District River Basin Management Plan 2009-2015

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Western River Basin District River Basin Management Plan 2009-2015

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Clean water is one of our most important national resources. Human activities have led to deterioration in water quality over many years. The Water Framework Directive was adopted by the EU in order to halt and reverse the decline in water quality. The Directive sets very strict deadlines for meeting water quality objectives, especially in protected areas. This plan sets out how we aim to achieve the objectives of the Directive in the Western River Basin District.

Informed by pilot projects from the 1990’s and through extensive research carried out since 2003, local authorities have developed this plan to provide an objective scientific approach to meeting the required water standards. In preparing the plan all known pressures on waters have been identified and quantified at the level of individual water bodies. Measures to address the pressures have been examined and the likelihood of water quality recover has been assessed. All public bodies and other stakeholders have been consulted extensively in the process.

The plan’s targets are ambitious yet they are no more than we are obliged to do by EU and national legislation. Further legislative change may be required to control specific activities. Responsibility for taking measures lies with all public bodies whose activities impact on water quality or who regulate such activities. Local authorities must perform their own activities in a way that will promote achievement of objectives and additionally must carry out a range of environmental monitoring and enforcement activities to ensure that other stakeholders’ actions will lead to water quality improvements.

WRBD RBMP 2010.pdf  Download  
WRBD SEA Statement.pdf  Download  
WRBD SEA Environmental Report Part 4.pdf  Download  
WRBD SEA Environmental Report Part 3.pdf  Download  
WRBD SEA Environmental Report Part 2.pdf  Download  
WRBD SEA Environmental Report Part 1.pdf  Download  
HD Article 6 Assessment WRBD_part2.pdf  Download  
HD Article 6 Assessment WRBD_part1.pdf  Download  
Appendix III Other PP assessment WRBD.pdf  Download  
Appendix II Additional measures assessment WRBD.pdf  Download  
Appendix I Screening Spreadsheet - WE.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.