Public Consultation on the Significant Water Management Issues for the third cycle River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2022 – 2027

The Department of Housing Planning and Local Government has published a document outlining the Significant Water Management Issues for the third River Basin Management Plan for Ireland for public consultation.


The 2nd River Basin Management Plan cycle (2018-2021) has been supported by significant investment including new structures such as the Local Authority Waters Programme, Agricultural Support and Advisory Service Programme and a new catchment-based approach. To date this has resulted in some improvements in catchments identified as priority areas for action but according to the recent EPA report (Water Quality in Ireland 2013-2018) there has been a continued overall decline in water quality in Ireland. The decline in our most pristine waterbodies has been most sharp as well and an increase in the number of poor status water bodies.

This consultation aims to identify the Significant Water Management Issues  that should be prioritised in the 3rd cycle and what further actions need to be addressed to halt this continued decline?


If you would like to respond, a consultation response template can be downloaded from the link in the documents section of this web page. Completed templates should be emailed to .

Alternatively, responses can be made in writing to:
SWMI Consultation, Water Advisory Unit, Department of Housing Planning and Local Government, Custom House, Dublin 1, D01 W6X0

Consultation is open until: 26th June 2020

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