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Eco Eye: Pristine Waters

30 years ago there were over 500 pure, unpolluted freshwater sites in Ireland, now there are only 21 left.

In this Eco Eye episode, ecologist Anja Murray explores the decline of Ireland’s high status water sites, home to Ireland’s longest living animal, the endangered Freshwater Pearl Mussel.  On her journey she learns what can be done to bring them back to better health.

This includes a visit to KerryLife, a demonstration project to restore the endangered freshwater pearl mussel through sustainable land use management.

Also featured in this episode is EPA Ecologist Gary Free. Gary is part of the EPA’s Ecological Assessment and Monitoring team, who monitor the ecological health of Ireland’s rivers, lakes and coastal waters. You can find out more about this work by following @EPAEcology on Twitter.

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.