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For information on the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and water quality in your local area check out www.catchments.ie

*New* Public Consultation on the Draft River Basin Management Plan.

Public Consultation on the Plan is for a 6 month period; from March 1st until August 31st. 

The Waters and Communities Office http://watersandcommunities.ie/ have hosted public meetings in Athy, Newbridge, Clane, Naas, Maynooth & Celbridge as part of this consultation.  Aoife McGrath, the Community Waters Officer for your area, led these discussions.  If you have missed them you can still find out more about the Plan and how you and your local community can engage in the process to protect our waters.  For more information contact Aoife on amcgrath@lawco.ie or 085 8083682 or visit www.watersandcommunities.ie and www.facebook.com/watersandcommunities/ or click on the summary documents below; Draft River Basin Management Plan (2018-2021); available in both English and Gaelige.

Send in your views before 5.30 pm August 31st 2017.

Seol do chuid tuairimí faoin 5.30 pm an 31 Lúnasa 2017. 

Draft River Basin District Plan (2018-2021)

File Size: 268KB - Document Type: Acrobat pdf

Dréacht-Phlean Bainistíochta Abhantraí d'Érinn (2018-2021)

File Size: 603KB - Document Type: Acrobat pdf

So, what is the Water Framework Directive?

The EU Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) requires that all Member States protect and improve water quality in all waters so that we achieve good ecological status by 2015 or, at the latest, by 2027.   The Directive was transposed into Irish Law through the European Communities (Water Policy) Regulations, 2003 (S.I. No. 722 of 2003).  It applies to rivers, lakes, groundwaters, transitional and coastal waters.  The implementation of the Directive includes the preparation of River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs).  The first RBMPs covered the period 2010 to 2015.

Following a review of the first RBMPs, the Government established a new structure for the management, governance and responsibilities for the implementation of the WFD.  The new structure was given legal effect by the European Union (Water Policy) Regulations 2014 S.I. 350 of 2014 and is designed around three inter-locking tiers.

This can be summarised in the table below:

WFD diagram

For current information, guidance, maps, data, resources and water related case studies follow the link www.catchments.ie  This is a shared resource that has been developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, and the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office (LAWCO). It allows for public access to information on rivers, lakes and coastal waters that has been gathered by the EPA and other bodies.