Catchment News

Inishowen Rivers Trust – Invasive Species Workshop

Firstly, a huge congratulations to Inishowen Rivers Trust – the newest Rivers Trust in Ireland.

Inishowen Rivers Trusts aims to connect local communities through their local rivers, and is Inishowen’s response to the growing interest in caring for and protecting waterways from source to sea.

The journey to establishing the Inishowen Rivers Trust has involved open discussion with community groups since 2014. The first Board of the Trust was elected in November 2015 and will work towards enhancing Inishowen Rivers and helping communities and agencies to collaborate on protecting and valuing our rivers.

You can find Inishowen Rivers Trust on Facebook:


River Bank Invasive Species Workshop

On Saturday September 24th Inishowen Rivers Trust are holding a River Bank Invasive Species workshop at 10:30am in Carndonagh – full details are available on Eventbrite.


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.