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Updated draft Catchment Assessments published by EPA
The EPA has published an updated draft Catchment Assessment for each of our 46 catchments. These assessments provide an overview of the situation in the catchment, draw comparison between Cycle 2 and Cycle 3, and will help support the draft River Basin Management Plan 2022-2027 public consultation process.
The EPA has published 46 updated Catchment Assessments. These assessments provide an overview of the situation in the catchment, draw comparison between Cycle 2 and Cycle 3, and will help support the draft River Basin Management Plan 2022-2027 consultation process.
Once the consultation process is completed the report will be finalised to reflect any changes and comments made as a result of the consultation process.
Each Catchment Assessment includes the following:
- Status and Risk categories of all waterbodies
- Details on protected areas
- Significant issues and Significant Pressures
- Source load apportionment modelling for each catchment and load reduction assessments for nutrients where applicable
- An overview of the 2nd Cycle Areas for Action and a list of proposed 3rd Cycle Areas for Action
These characterisation assessments are largely based on information available to the end of 2018, including the WFD Status Assessment for 2013-2018. Protected Area assessments are based on water quality information up to 2018 for Natura 2000 and Salmonid Waters; 2019 for Drinking Water; and 2020 for Nutrient Sensitive Areas and Bathing Waters.
- Go to the catchments.ie Data page: https://www.catchments.ie/data/
- Type in the name of the catchment you are looking for in the Data search box, or click on the catchment you are interested in on the map of Ireland
- Once the page for your catchment is opened, you will see a link to the PDF of the Catchment Assessment
Paddy Morris, EPA Catchments Unit