Draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021

To make sure we improve water quality throughout the country, the Government has produced a draft document titled The River Basin Management Plan for Ireland (2018–2021).

Why is water quality important?

Water is essential to life. Good water quality in our rivers, lakes and other water bodies such as estuaries and coastal waters is vital. It protects the environment, water supplies, public health and our quality of life.

Water is also vital for industry. For example, the fishing and tourism industries need clean water in our rivers and lakes to succeed. Agriculture and the pharmaceutical industry need good, plentiful, clean water supplies to produce food and medicine.

How can we improve our water quality?

The Government believes that we can improve water quality through public participation and by creating the right structures to implement actions. Communities, river trusts and other organisations can play their part.

To make sure we improve water quality throughout the country, the Government has produced a draft document titled The River Basin Management Plan for Ireland (2018–2021). This plan shows the actions that different sectors, organisations, communities and State bodies will take to protect Ireland’s 4,832 water bodies, at local, regional and national level. This is the second plan for managing our river basins. A river basin is an area of land that is drained by a river.

Before the plan becomes final, the Government wants to hear your comments and concerns.

Everyone is welcome to give their views:

Email your views to rbmp@housing.gov.ie preferably in 'word' format

Post your views to:

River Basin Management Plan Consultation,
Water and Marine Advisory Unit,
Department of Housing, Planning,
Community and Local Government,
Custom House,
Dublin 1 D01 W6X0

Send in your views before 5pm on 31 August 2017.

 

Draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021 (PDF) - 268 kbs  

Dréacht-Phlean Bainistíochta Abhantraí d'Eireann 2018-2021 (PDF) - 290 kbs