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River Basin Management Plan

The River Basin Management Plan for the Western River Basin District (2009 - 2015) was published on 6th July 2010. The Plan came into effect on 15th July 2010.

The Plan was adopted by the elected members of Galway County Council, Galway City Council, Clare County Council, Mayo County Council and Roscommon County Council on 30th April 2010 in accordance with the European Communities (Water Policy) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 722 of 2003). Leitrim County Council adopted the Plan by Managerís Order. Subsequent amendments were made by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government on 6th July 2010. The Plan is available for download below:

Final (composite) WRBD Plan 2009 - 2015 (8.5mb)

Map of Western River Basin District
Map of Western River Basin District

The Management Plan aims to protect all waters within the district and, where necessary, improve waters and achieve sustainable water use. Waters include rivers, canals, lakes, reservoirs, groundwaters, protected areas (including wetlands and other water-dependent ecosystems), estuaries (transitional) and coastal waters.

Information on water body status, objectives and measures in the Western RBD has been compiled into smaller, more manageable geographical areas than river basin districts, termed Water Management Units (WMUs). There are fourteen water management units (WMUs) in the Western RBD. The Action Plans for the WMUs, for Groundwater and for Transitional & Coastal Waters may be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Water Management Units

Further supporting documentation on the River Basin Management Plan is available for download on www.wfdireland.ie

Original Plan as Adopted Plus Ministerial Amendments

The WRBD River Basin Management Plan as adopted on 30th April 2010 is available to download below:
Adopted Plan for the Western RBD (5mb)

The notice from the Minister providing amendments to the adopted plan is available to download below:
Ministerial Notice (616kb)

The Ministerial amendments of 6th July 2010 made to the adopted WRBD River Basin Management Plan are available to download below:
Ministerial Amendments to the Plan (72kb)

The minor updates made to the WRBD River Basin Management Plan as advised by the Coordinating Local Authority to the Minister are available to download below:
Updates to the Plan by the Coordinating Local Authority (73kb)

Submissions Digest

The Draft RBMP for the WRBD was published on the 22nd December 2008, and consultation on the draft plan took place from 22nd December 2008 to 22nd June 2009. Stakeholders and the public were invited to submit comments in relation to the draft plan through notices placed in national and local newspapers, through national and local radio, and through a number of river basin district, local authority and agency websites.

A compilation of written submissions received during the consultation period and the responses to those submissions as considered during the development of the final Western River Basin Management Plan is available to download below:
Submissions Digest (536kb)

Background

The research and compilation work that led to the production of the draft Western River Basin Management Plan in December 2008 is part of Irelandís commitment to the European Union Water Framework Directive. This Directive sets out a framework with clear objectives to ensure that all European waters reach at least good status by 2015.

The Directive applies to Europeís rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal waters and groundwaters and involves a new approach to cross border co-operation between countries and within countries to ensure that water management does not stop at borders.

Last update: 5th October 2010

 

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