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Teachers: explore the health of your local stream or river with Globe Ireland

Over 3 school weeks (March 11 to April 12 2024) you will visit your local stream/river to assess the health using a water quality kit supplied to your school. Full teacher support including resources, equipment, and instructions will be provided.

This is a school-based ‘Rivers as Ecosystems‘ citizen science campaign coordinated by the Environmental Education Unit, An Taisce and sponsored by the EPA. The results will be used by the EPA to increase understanding of water quality and river health across Ireland.

Project timeline:

  • Tuesday March 5 – 7pm 45min Teacher Info Session online
  • Monday March 11 to Friday April 12 – Visit local stream/river and investigate health.
  • Tuesday, March 19- Expert Webinar (60min online activity for students)
  • Thursday April 11- Student presentations Event (60min)

Registration: River Ecosystem – Registration – 2024 (

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.