Privacy Policy

The personal data collected in the Get Involved forms on this website – name, email address and county – is maintained to provide a mailing list for Catchments and Water Framework Directive public information. This personal data is stored in a Mailchimp account managed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office, is not used for any other purpose and is not distributed to any other systems or organisations. Emails will be sent at least quarterly with a Catchments Newsletter, and if you let us know what county you are in we may send you additional information about what is happening locally.

This website is secured by a SSL certificate and is hosted on secure infrastructure to prevent the unauthorised retrieval of personal data collected for mailing list purposes.

Refer to the cookie policy for details on the data collected in your web browser to help customise your user experience on this website.

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 waterbodies.

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 and Communities Office.


Local Authority Waters and Communities Office

The Waters and Communities Office has been established to carry out public consultation and engagement, and to coordinate the activities of all 31 local authorities in areas connected with the Water Framework Directive.


Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4829 waterbodies, looking at trends and changes and determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives and measures for each.


Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

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 that will be implemented after public consultation, and sign off by the Minister.