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Hydrology Summary Bulletin – November 2022

This Hydrology Summary Bulletin outlines the flows in rivers, rainfall, lake and turlough levels, groundwater levels and spring outflows of over 300 stations across Ireland for the month of November.


Rainfall was above the long-term average especially wet in the southwest.

The average river flows for November were above the long-term average at over four-fifths (82%) of river monitoring stations across the country.

Average lake levels also rose with over three-quarters (78%) of lakes higher than normal for this time of year.

Average monthly groundwater levels increased at almost all monitoring stations since October, with 69% of monitoring wells particularly high for November. Similarly, most monitored spring outflows were above the normal range for this time of year.

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River flows, November 2022
Spring outflows, groundwater levels and groundwater flow regime, November 2022

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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.

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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.