18th October

Native woodlands to protect water and aquatic ecosystems

Deployment of new native woodlands and associated undisturbed water setbacks, which together combine to form permanent semi-natural habitats designed to deliver 'critical water-related ecosystems services' are proposed by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine DAFM).

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Killarney National Park, Co Kerry, contains the largest area of native woodland in Ireland. Photo DAFM 

The 'Woodland for Water' measure, which can be realised with funding under the Native Woodland Establishment Scheme is underpinned by relevant research and initiatives in Ireland, the UK and elsewhere, and demonstrates a range of water-related ecosystem services such as protection against nutrient and sediment runoff, bank stabilisation, 'food drop' into aquatic ecosystems, shading and cooling, floodwater regulation and riparian restoration.

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Seashore stress from prolonged heatwave

Alarm bells are ringing for plants, algae and sea creatures stressed by the current heatwave in  mudflats, shallow mudlat pools and coastal rocks where temperatures have exceeded 30C. 

mudflat temp

"While there isn't much we can do to help sea life, we have advice on how to avoid exasperating the situation, and we are asking people to record what is happening," says Karin Dubsky, Coastwatch European International Coordinator.

What is unfolding in the coastal zone can be recorded and used to plan climate change adaption and to "reconsider activities", she adds.

Read more: Seashore stress from prolonged heatwave

Majority of Ireland's bathing waters are of high quality

The Bathing Water Quality in Ireland  2017 produced by the Environmental Protection Agency has found that overall quality remains good with 132 of 142 identified coastal or inland waters meeting strict EU standards.

Sandycove

Sandycove, Co Dublin. Local authority bathing water achieved 'excellent' status from 82 samples

Nearly three-quarters of bathing waters were classed as 'excellent' with 102 beaches and bathing waters meeting the standard. Seven coastal bathing waters however failed to meeting the minimum standard and were classified as 'poor'. 

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Plan ‘lacks ambition’ to improve Ireland’s water quality

A two-year overdue River Basin Management Plan “falls far short” of what is needed to protect Ireland’s rivers, lakes and bays to bring them up to a healthy standard, according to the Sustainable Water Network of national and local environmental groups.

Despite best efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency, department, local authority officials and scientists, the Plan “lacks the political will needed to support Ireland’s claim to be a ‘green’ tourist destination” and threatens it capability to become a truly environmentally-friendly food producer through programmes such as ‘Origin Green,” claims Sinead O’Brien, SWAN coordinator.

Courtmacsherry

Sewage waste is most probably responsible for nutrient enrichment as seen here in the Argideen River estuary (2010). Photo Gillian Mills 

Launching the Plan, Minister Eoghan Murphy (Housing, Planning and Local Government) said the four-year Plan would “protect and improve” water quality in groundwater, rivers, lakes, estuarine and coastal waters of 726 water bodies.

Read more: Plan ‘lacks ambition’ to improve Ireland’s water quality

Never trust the ice beneath your feet

Parents and guardians of young people are being advised to especially supervise their children during this period of exceptionally cold weather.

"Stay off ALL ice," warns John Leech, chief executive of Irish Water Safety.

IWS ice warning

Children will be tempted to play on ice where water has frozen on canals, ponds, lakes and flooded areas.

Read more: Never trust the ice beneath your feet

2018 management plans for Ireland's trout waters

Inland Fisheries Ireland has published 2018 stock managment plans for designated trout lakes. Stock management is undertaken to conserve wild brown trout in waters managed by IFI as wild brown trout fisheries. These waters are identified in the IFI's pike and trout management policies.

IFI 2018 management plans

Launching the plan, Sean Kyne, Minister with responsibility for the inland fisheries sector said management of predator species was an "important element" of ensuring the preservation of salmonid species in the seven idenfitied wild brown trout fisheries.

Read more: 2018 management plans for Ireland's trout waters

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Native woodlands to protect water and aquatic ecosystems
Seashore stress from prolonged heatwave
Majority of Ireland's bathing waters are  of high quality
Plan ‘lacks ambition’ to improve Ireland’s water quality