Community Information Meetings on the Priority Areas for Action

The River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018 – 2021 (RBMP) sets out a new approach for the protection and management of water quality in our rivers, lakes, estuaries, groundwater, and coastal waters. This RBMP is underpinned by a strong evidence base resulting from the work of the Environmental Protection Agency, Inland Fisheries Ireland and all 31 Local Authorities in assessing the status of water quality. Developing this current RBMP involved extensive collaboration between the relevant public bodies together with public and stakeholder involvement.

The RBMP lists 190 priority Areas for Action where collaborative efforts will be focussed to improve water quality over the period 2018 – 2021. These Areas for Action include 726 specific waterbodies. A water body can be a river or tributary, a lake, a body of groundwater, an estuary, or a coastal area.

Water quality improvements will deliver multiple benefits for: human health, wildlife, and local economies through tourism and sustainable industry. This approach will require ongoing coordination and collaboration between local authorities, State agencies and stakeholders, together with continued public engagement and participation.

The next steps will involve ‘on the ground’ actions and stream walks by catchment scientists to gain a better understanding of the issues impacting on water quality in the priority Areas For Action and to develop solutions that are relevant and workable locally.

The Local Authority Waters Programme are hosting Community Information Meetings in these priority Areas For Action in advance of any field work. This is to inform communities and stakeholders of planned activities and assessments on their local water bodies, and allow for local input into the process. These meetings commenced in October 2018 and will continue over the lifespan of the RBMP (up to 2021). Meeting details will be advertised in local press, radio (interviews and community news) and on social media. The table below contains information and details relating to the meetings.

DateCountyPAAVenueTime
20 March 2019 WexfordUrrinRiverside Hotel, Enniscorthy7.30 - 8.30 pm
20 March 2019RoscommonJiggy/Hind
Abbey Hotel, Roscommon Town
7.30pm
21 March 2019 Tipperary Toem & CappawhiteCappawhite Resource Centre7.30 pm
25 March 2019 Tipperary Inch (Bilboa)Kilcommon Community Centre7.30 pm
20 March 2019 WexfordUrrinRiverside Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford7.30 pm
01 April 2019 CorkOwentaraglin RiverCullen Community Centre, Cullen Village, Co. Cork P51 YY067.30 pm
02 April 2019 CarlowBurrenSeven Oaks Hotel, Carlow7.30 pm
02 April 2019 LeitrimLough Rinn/ ForbesCloonmorris Community Centre, Cloonmorris, Co. Leitrim N41 DP297.30 pm
02 April 2019GalwaySt Clerans stream
Loughrea Spa Hotel, Loughrea
7.30pm
04 April 2019MayoCarrowmore Lake
Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Belmullet
7.30pm
02 April 2019 GalwayDunkellin River and Lough ReaLough Rea Hotel and Spa, Loughrea, Co. Galway, 7.30 pm
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