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Water Framework Directive - River Basin Management Plan

Engagement and Feedback on the ‘Areas for Action’

4-6pm Monday 9th October 2017, Letterkenny Public Services Centre


The draft River Basin Management Plan 2018 – 2021 was published in February 2017 and was on public consultation until 31st August 2017. During this time the Local Authorities Water and Communities Office (LAWCO) convened a ‘Town Hall’ meeting in each Municipal District to engage with communities and other stakeholders.

The EPA, local authorities and public authorities have engaged in Catchment Assessment Workshops throughout the country during 2016 and 2017 to characterise water bodies and assess pressures on river, lake, coastal, transitional and groundwater water bodies. In Donegal 12 ‘Areas for Action’ were identified using the scientific, technical and local knowledge of the relevant agencies.



An information session to facilitate engagement and feedback on the ‘Areas for Actions’ will take place from 4-6pm on 9th October 2017 in Letterkenny Public Services Centre.  The event will consist of a short presentation on the ‘Areas for Action’ and will include reasons for selection, maps displaying Water Status and Risk for all water bodies and maps of all priority areas at risk.  Feedback will be recorded on the day and there will be an opportunity to provide further feedback until 1st November 2017.


Public Consultation on the draft River Basin Management Plans for Ireland 2018-2021

The Waters and Communities Office are hosting meetings in the coming weeks to discuss the management of the natural waters of County Donegal. If you are interested in water quality, angling, heritage, biodiversity, tourism or amenity/recreational use of your local waters; then this is your opportunity to share your knowledge, and input into their management.

Jimmy McVeigh, Community Waters Officer for County Donegal will present information on the latest draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018 – 2021, along with details of how you can have your say and make a submission on the plan.


Meeting Location



Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey

Wed 10th May


Silver Tassie, Letterkenny

Wed 17th May


Slieve Sneacht Centre, Drumfries

Wed 24th May


Waterfront Hotel, Dungloe

Wed 31st May


Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Town

Wed 7th June



More information is available at Draft River Basin Management Plan Public Consultation

Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government has published the draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021 and invites submissions, observations and comments on the proposed plans during a six month public consultation process.

The second cycle River Basin Management Plan takes a very different approach to river basin management planning to that adopted during the first cycle plans. A single river basin district approach to plan preparation has been taken with a much improved evidence base to underpin decision making. Implementation structures have been strengthened to ensure more effective and coordinated delivery of measures.

Why are we launching a Public Consultation?

Work will continue throughout 2017 in completing the characterisation of our River Basin District and on further developing the proposed measures outlined in the draft plan. This work will also be informed by the views of respondees to this consultation process. It is intended to publish the final approved River Basin Management Plan by December 2017.

A copy of the draft River Basin Management Plan together with the associated Environmental Report and Natura Impact Statement may be accessed by clicking on the links below.

How to get involved?

Interested parties are invited to make written submissions or comments to help inform the development of the final plans no later than 5.30pm on Thursday, 31st August 2017.

Responses should be submitted by email, preferably in 'word' format, to 

Alternatively, responses can be posted 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.

A request for a paper version of the draft plan, or any queries concerning this consultation can also be sent to the above email or postal addresses.

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