Ministers encourage Roscommon people to air views on water quality

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan TD, are encouraging Roscommon people to give their views on water quality through a number of open meetings to be held around the country as part of the public consultation on the draft River Basin Management Plan.

  The consultation is currently open and members of the public or interested parties can make submissions online (until March 31st) at gov.ie/draftRBMP or through the Local Authorities Water Programme (LAWPRO) at consult.watersandcommunities.ie/en/content/draft-river-basin-management-plan-ireland-2022-2027.

  The meetings for Roscommon residents will take place on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7.30 pm. A full list of meetings and information on how to register can be found at lawaters.ie/rbmp-public-meetings-2022/.

  The draft River Basin Management Plan sets out how an increased ambition for water quality is managed in Ireland. There are 4,842 water bodies in Ireland, organised in 46 catchment areas, and 54 per cent of all water bodies are considered to be at risk of not meeting Water Framework Directive objectives by 2027.

  A number of pressures are impacting water quality including agriculture, hydromorphology (physical changes), urbanisation and waste water treatment. The draft plan also takes account of the impacts of climate change on our water and biodiversity.