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New ‘Waters and Communities’ Tidy Towns Award for 2017

Sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Waterways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office.

The new Water and Communities Award aims to recognise communities who are taking positive steps towards raising awareness and showing appreciation of their local rivers, lakes, streams, canals, coast and groundwater.

The Award is sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland (responsible for managing the inland fisheries and sea angling sectors); Waterways Ireland  (responsible for the management of inland navigable waterways) and the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office.

Prize Fund 2017
• Four Regional Award Winners €1,000 each
• Four Regional Runner Up Award Winners €500 each
• There will also be an additional prize of €1,000 for the overall winner of the four regions

Closing date: Thursday, 25th May 2017

Judging the Award
All entries will be assessed by a panel of judges appointed by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Waterways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office.


How to enter

Please reply by writing/typing in the application form on the Waters and Communities website and returning it electronically or submitting by post.
• TidyTowns Waters Communities Special Award
• Gradam Pobal agus Uiscí

Please insert “TidyTowns Waters and Community Awards” in the subject line

By Post to:
TidyTowns Waters and Communities Award
TidyTowns Unit
Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs
Government Offices
Co. Mayo
F26 E8N6
TidyTowns Competition Terms and Conditions apply as appropriate

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.