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Watch the EPA Water Conference 2022 on YouTube now

The EPA Water Conference took place in Galway and online on 18 and 19 May 2022. You can now watch the talks on on YouTube.

Speakers shared their knowledge on how to protect & improve water quality and showcased case studies from around Ireland. You can learn about the state of Ireland’s waters, European and national policy, and the development of plans and work at national, regional and local scale.

1. Opening address

2. Water quality in Ireland

3. Irelands next River Basin Management Plan 2022 – 2027

4. Nitrates & water quality across the EU

5. Achieving water quality objectives through regulation & incentivisation

6. ASSAP — A good start but a lot more still to do

7. Flood Risk Management in a changing environment

8. Assessing physical barriers to fish migration

9. Restoring fish passage in the Lower River Shannon

10. Research – current and emerging concerns for water and health

11. Irish Water wastewater investment plans and future needs

12. Addressing significant pressures via enforcement approaches

13. Water in Europe: towards sustainable solutions

14. Combining trust and science: the group water scheme approach

15. Progress with Areas for Action, data sharing & the referrals process

16. Improving bathing water quality in Lough Ennell

17. Ennis sustainable drainage development

18. Sliabh Beagh wetland restoration and rewetting

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.