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Teagasc Signpost Series: Water quality in Ireland: where to from here?

This webinar was given by Jenny Deakin of the EPA Catchments Unit on 5 June 2020 as part of the Teagasc Signpost Series. It focuses on water quality and agriculture and looks at:

  • The condition of our waters
  • What are the problems?
  • A closer look at nutrients
  • What are the measures?
  • Challenges and Opportunities

Jenny’s presentation was followed by a Q&A session which was facilitated by Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd. This was the tenth in a series of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars aimed at Irish Agri Professionals


Presentation: Water quality in Ireland – where to from here?

Water quality in Ireland – where to from here?

The Teagasc Signpost Series

This webinar series, The Signpost Series – ‘Pointing the way to a low emissions agriculture’ is organised through the Teagasc ConnectEd service, with the support of the National Rural Network, Dairy Sustainability Ireland and Food Drink Ireland Skillsnet.

All webinars are available to view on the Teagasc 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 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 4,829 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives and measures 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 that will be implemented after public consultation and sign off by the Minister.