EU Directive

EU Water Framework Directive

The objectives of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) are to protect all high status waters, prevent further deterioration of all waters and to restore degraded surface and round waters to good status by 2015.A major programme is under way to achieve this ambitious target.

National regulations implementing the directive have been put in place in 2003.Reports
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, local authorities and associated consultancies prepared the Article 5 Characterisation Report for the Irish River Basin Districts. This was submitted to Brussels in November 2004.

 

The report provides a comprehensive outline of Ireland’s water resources, an assessment of the risks of failing to meet the objectives of the WFD plus an economic analysis of water resources.

The EPA published the first draft of the Irish Water Framework Directive Monitoring Programme in June 2006 and an update following public comment in October 2006.

The monitoring programme became operational on 22 December 2006, with reporting sheets on the monitoring programme design sent to Brussels by 22 March 2007.

Learn more
Visit the Official Irish Water Framework Website for detailed information on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in Ireland

 


South Western River Basin District

The South Western River Basin District covers a total area of approximately 15,000 km� and boasts a stunning coastline of over 1,800 km along the Atlantic Ocean and Celtic Sea.

More details…
http://www.swrbd.ie


South Eastern River Basin District

The SERBD is one of the largest River Basin Districts in Ireland, covering approximately one fifth of the country. It has a land area of nearly 13,000 km2 and covers a total overall area of 14,000 km2

More details… http://www.serbd.com/


Shannon International River Basin District

This is the largest in Ireland at more than 18,000 km2 in area. It covers the natural drainage basin of the Shannon river itself, stretching from the source of the River Shannon in the Cuilcagh mountains in Counties Cavan and Fermanagh to the tip of the Dingle peninsula in north Kerry.

More details… http://www.shannonrbd.com/


Eastern River Basin District Project

The area of the ERBD takes in all or part of counties Cavan, Dublin City, Dun Laoghhaire / Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Offaly, South Dublin, Westmeath, Wicklow and Wexford.

More details… http://www.erbd.ie


Western River Basin District Project

The Western District is wholly within the Irish Republic. It is bordered to the Northwest by the North Western international River Basin District, to the east and south by the Shannon International River Basin District and to the north and west by the Atlantic ocean. The basin area includes practically all of Mayo and Sligo, the Galway Urban District area, significant portions of Galway and Leitrim counties and smaller portions of Roscommon and County Clare. It also includes offshore islands such as the Aran islands and Inishboffin.

More details… http://www.wrbd.ie


The North Eastern River Basin District

The North Eastern River Basin District (RBD) is one of three RBDs that together form the North South Shared Aquatic Resource (NS Share) Project. This project is supported by the EU INTERREG IIIA Programme for Ireland/Northern Ireland. It was set up to implement the objectives of the Water Framework Directive in the region. This Directive is the most substantial and innovative piece of European Union water legislation to date. It sets out a detailed framework for the protection, improvement and sustainable use of our waters.

More details… http://www.nerbd.ie


The North Western River Basin District

The North Western river basin district covers the north west corner of the island of Ireland, but stretches across in a south easterly direction to a large extent also taking in much of the drumlin belt that stretches through many of the border counties – from south Donegal, through Leitrim, Fermanagh, Longford, Cavan, Monaghan and onwards.

E-mail: http://www.nwirbd.com


The Neagh Bann River Basin District

The Neagh Bann International River Basin District (RBD) is one of three RBDs that together form the North South Shared Aquatic Resource (NS Share) Project. This project is supported by the EU INTERREG IIIA Programme for Ireland/Northern Ireland. It was set up to implement the objectives of the Water Framework Directive in the region. This Directive is the most substantial and innovative piece of European Union water legislation to date. It sets out a detailed framework for the protection, improvement and sustainable use of our waters

More details… http://www.nbirbd.ie