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EPA Water Conference 2024 – Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June, Galway

The EPA Water Conference will be held on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June 2024 in Salthill, Galway. This event will be both in-person and online, and you can register now. The programme for day one is now available – day two will be announced shortly.

Speakers will share their knowledge on how to protect & improve water quality in Ireland and showcase case studies from around Ireland.


Introduction & scene setting
10:00Water and biodiversity – plans for the futureMinister of State Malcolm Noonan, DHLGH
10:20European PerspectiveTrine Christiansen, EEA
10:40Ireland’s latest water quality indicatorsWayne Trodd, EPA
Water and climate: adaption and resilience  
11:45Scenario planning and climate adaptation for water Conor Quinlan, EPA
12:05HydroPredict: Ensemble River Flow Scenarios for Climate Change Adaptation Conor Murphy, Maynooth University
12:25Flood forecasting in Ireland: the story so farRosemarie Lawlor, Met Éireann
Water and agriculture: awareness and action 
14:30Policy DevelopmentBill Callinan, DAFM
14:45Teagasc’s water quality campaign Stan Lalor, Teagasc
15:00The National Agricultural Inspection Programme Ray Cullinane, EPA
15:10The Water EIP – working with farmers to move beyond complianceWater EIP – speaker tbc
15:20A data-driven approach to target nitrogen reductionsEoin McAleer, LAWPRO
Day Two
Water for health
09:30Water services – Overview from DHLGHSpeaker tbc.
09:50Rural Water Services ReviewJean Rosney, NFGWS
10:05Drinking Water Source Protection – achieving success togetherLorraine Gaston, Uisce Éireann
10:20The recast Urban Wastewater Directive – the future for wastewater treatment?Carla McNeil, Uisce Éireann
Ripple effects – learning from people and projects
11:30To be confirmed
11:50The Burrishole Catchment – what long term monitoring can tell usElvira de Eyto, Marine Institute
12:05Dublin Urban Rivers LifeLorraine Beirne, South Dublin County Council
12:20CatchmentCare: an evidence-based approach to restoring river habitatsSarah McClean, Loughs Agency
Talks for day one and two of EPA Water 2024

This event is Engineers Ireland CPD-approved.

Sessions at EPA Water 2024

Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00Introduction and scene setting
Wednesday 11:45-13:00Water and climate: adaption and resilience  
Wednesday 14:30-16:00Water and agriculture: awareness and action 
Thursday 09:30-11:00Water for health
Thursday 11:30-13:00Ripple effects – learning from people and projects  
Sessions at the EPA Water Conference 2024

Talks will be added to YouTube after the event.

We look forward to welcoming you to #EPAWater2024

Book your place now:


Attendance online at this event is free, but you will need to register.


There is a €270 charge for in-person attendance, with a reduced rate for environmental NGOs and those in third level education. There is an additional optional charge for dinner – this is to help us reduce food waste.

All payments must be made in full prior to the conference.

Please do not use EPA bank account details for payments – if paying by PO payment should be to the conference organisers bank account only. Full details are available during the registration process.

Book here:


EPA Water Conference 2023

You can watch all the talks from the 2023 EPA Water Conference on YouTube.

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.