Using information from many sources, we aim to understand the health of our waters and the landscape around them.
We want to make sure that any action taken to improve water quality makes a difference. It is important that we have the evidence to show this, so we know what works - and what doesn’t.
We focus on:
The EPA works with local authorities, government departments and other public agencies and bodies to do this. We bring together and analyse information from these and other sources to understand how what is happening in our catchments affects our waters.
Money and other resources will always be limited. This means it is important to focus on actions that will improve water quality.
catchments.ie shares science and stories about our waters. This includes the Catchments Newsletter, detailed assessments for our 46 catchments and 583 subcatchments, downloadable chemistry data, and dashboards for an overview of status, pressures, impacts and objectives.
This site shares the latest we have on water quality and other information at the moment you search for it for over 200 beaches. You can discover beaches near you, find out which beaches have safe water quality, check out tides and learn about beach amenities. You can also be informed of swim restrictions and annual water quality ratings.