Catchment News

Waters of LIFE are hiring – Project Stakeholder Relationship and Communications Manager

The Waters of LIFE is an EU LIFE Integrated Project (IP) which aims to help reverse the deterioration of Ireland’s most pristine waters.

The ongoing loss of high status waters is among the most concerning, protracted and persistent water quality trend in Ireland.  Other water quality trends have well-understood cause and effect, with detailed plans in place to mitigate impacts. More actions are necessary to protect pristine waters. Many of these waters are small, upland streams. The protection and restoration of these waters is one of the key underpinning principles of the Water Framework Directive.

The overall objective of the Waters of LIFE IP is to support the implementation of measures to protect and enhance High-Status Waters and thus to support the work of the Blue Dot Catchments Programme.

Waters of LIFE appears on Tom MacSweeney’s Maritime Ireland Podcast

The Waters of LIFE Project Manager, Anne Goggin, was recently a guest on Tom MacSweeney’s Maritime Ireland Podcast.  Anne outlined the decline in the number of High Status Waterbodies in Ireland since the 1970’s and described how the Waters of LIFE Project hopes to reverse this decline. You can listen to the full episode be selecting the following link:

Tom MacSweeney’s Maritime Ireland Podcast Ep. 9

The section on the Waters of LIFE Project begins around half way through.

Project Stakeholder Relationship and Communications Manager

The Waters of Life project is inviting applications for the position of Project Stakeholder Relationship and Communications Manager with the Waters of LIFE Project.

Information Booklets and supporting documents can be found at the following link:

Closing date for receipt of applications is 3pm on Thursday 2 November 2023.

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.