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Water Heritage Day: Share a Story, Make a Connection – Sunday August 26th

Water Heritage Day concludes Heritage Week on Sunday, 26th August.  This day is a celebration of our most precious natural resource in all its forms, from the sea, to rivers, lakes and garden ponds.

The Local Authority Waters and Communities Office are working together with the Heritage Council to bring you events across the country. Some of these include:

  • Knoxpark Family Day : Viking Picnic beside the Ballisodare River
  • Doon Peninsula Walk on Lough Carra
  • Cooley landscape, wells and culture
  • Wildlife of the Swilly: Boat Tour
  • The Shannon: Sights Sounds Stories
  • Dromore River Canoe Trail
  • Picnic by Lough Ree
  • Enjoying Wildlife along the Barrow
  • People of the Camac, Connected by Water
  • Water life in a Pristine River
  • Walk and Talk – Shannon Wetlands

To find out more details, and see all the events in your area check out, pick up an event guide at your library, or check your local newspaper.

If you can take the opportunity to participate: Celebrate Water, Share a Story, Make a Connection…and enjoy!


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.