Catchment News

Teagasc Catchment Science 2019 conference

The overall theme of Catchment Science 2019, hosted by the Teagasc Agricultural Catchments Programme in Wexford, Ireland, was “Achieving quality water in diverse and productive agricultural landscapes under a changing climate”.

This theme highlights some of the challenges faced within the scope of water quality management in agricultural landscapes. Teagasc drew on experiences from international science and policy programmes, and advisory and stakeholder engagement initiatives.

Full details including a book of abstracts and PDFs of presentations are on the Teagasc website:

Duncannon Blue Flag EIP led by Wexford County Council
Neil O’Sullivan, Dairy farmer
Phil Haygarth, Lancaster University – Climate change is accelerating phosphorus transfer to catchments
Ruth Hennessy & Cathal Somers – Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) and Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme (ASSAP)
Marc Stutter, James Hutton Institute – Designed riparian buffers improve functions and uptake
Magdalena Bieroza, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences – Challenges in reducing nutrient and sediment losses in agricultural catchments
Linda O’Sullivan and David Wall, Teagasc

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.