This report provides an update on the results of water quality monitoring to support the assessment of the impact of the nitrate’s derogation on Irish waters, as required under Regulation 37 of the European Union (Good Agricultural Practices for the Protection of Waters) (Amendment) Regulations.
Summary: The EPA has carried out the interim review of water quality as specified by the Commission as a condition of Ireland’s derogation under the Nitrates Directive. Annex 1 of this report provides an additional water quality assessment, based on the assessment criteria prescribed by the European Commission in Article 12 of Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/696.
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An additional document Supporting information for the interim water quality review as required as a condition of Ireland's derogation under the Nitrates Directive - Technical Document is also available.
The results and data from the interim water quality assessment are available for download from : https://gis.epa.ie/GetData/Download. On the menu on the left, click on "Water/ Water Framework Directive", scroll down to “Nitrates Directive Information” and select the Excel (for results and data) or the Shapefile (for the GIS data).
Answers to frequently asked questions on the EPA's assessment of water quality and agriculture are also available.https://www.epa.ie/media/epa-2020/publications/monitoring-amp-assessment/freshwater-amp-marine/Cover-page-nitrogen-report.jpg