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EPA Water Conference 2023 – videos now available

The EPA Water Conference was held on 14 and 15 June 2023 in Salthill, Galway. There were sessions on: Water quality and policy; Agriculture; Health, water and emerging issues; The future of water. All talks are now available to watch online.

All the talks from the 2023 Water Conference are now available on YouTube.

We’ve also uploaded PDFs of the presentations – you can scroll to the bottom of this page to see these.

1. Welcome and opening address – Dr Eimear Cotter, Director, Office of Evidence and Assessment, EPA
2. Ministerial address by Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State DHLGH
3. Water quality indicators and the evidence base – Mary Gurrie, EPA Water Programme Manager
A stakeholder vision for water – Dr Matt Crowe, Chair, An Fóram Uisce
5. Development of catchment management plan templates – Dr Bernie White, LAWPRO
6. LA climate action plans: our water future – Kevin Motherway, Atlantic Seaboard South CARO
7. Policy landscape for Irish agriculture – Bill Callanan, Chief Inspector, DAFM
8. Visioning sustainable & resilient agriculture: known pieces of the puzzle – Dr David Styles, NUIG
9. Moderated discussion on agriculture and water quality
10. National septic tank inspection report – Stephen McCarthy, EPA Environmental Enforcement
11. VTEC in private wells – Dr Liam Burke, Assistant Professor in Bacteriology, University of Galway
12. Microplastics: from source to sink in freshwater ecosystems – Dr Róisín Nash, ATU
13. Chemicals in water – Alan Stephens, Senior Manager, EPA Radiological Protection and Monitoring
14. Ireland’s oceans and the impact of climate change on ecosystems – Dr Caroline Cusack, MI
15. Investing for the future in a changing climate – Maria O’Dwyer, Head of Asset Management, UE
16. Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss: Learnings/recommendations -Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shuilleabháin
17. Conference closing address – Dr Eimear Cotter, Director, Office of Evidence and Assessment, EPA

PDFs of presentations form the EPA Water Conference

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.