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Research 166 - Characterisation of Reference Conditions for Rare River Types

Authors: Edel Hannigan and Mary Kelly-Quinn, February 2016

Year: 2016

This report is the Literature Review of the Rare Type project, which will help ensure that rare river types are categorised and assessed correctly as required by the WFD.

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Research 161 - Assessment of disposal options for treated waste water from single houses in low permeability subsoils

Authors: Laurence Gill, Donata Dubber, Vincent O’Flaherty, Mary Keegan, Kate Kilroy, Sean Curneen, Bruce Misstear, Paul Johnston, Francesco Pilla, Tim McCarthy, Nadeem Qazi and David Smyth, January 2016

Year: 2016

The potential impacts of incorrectly situated or poorly constructed domestic waste water treatment systems (DWWTSs) include the polution of either groundwater and/or surface water and places a risk on human health particularly via private wells.

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EPA Research 155: Public Engagement in Integrated Catchment Management

Mark Boyden, StreamScapes Aquatic & Biodiversity Education Project, November 2015

Year: 2015

This study provides an overview of practical examples of public engagement and makes recommendations in an effort to contribute to the quest to determine viable, practicable and effective engagement techniques to secure meaningful participation by the public in the attainment of essential aquatic and biodiversity goals.

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Research 163 - Saltmarsh Angiosperm Assessment Tool for Ireland (SMAATIE)

Authors: Fiona M. Devaney and Philip M. Perrin, November 2015

Year: 2015

The EU Water Framework Directive aims to protect and enhance the quality of rivers, lakes, groundwater, estuaries and coastal waters. Member States (MS), such as Ireland, must aim to achieve good status in all waters by 2015 and ensure that status does not decline. As part of this commitment, MS must assess and classify the quality of transitional and coastal waters.

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Water Research in Ireland 2014-2020

EPA Research - using knowledge to protect and improve our natural environment and human health, November 2015

Year: 2015

A summary of the EPA Water Research Programme, key achievements, water research publications and water research projects funded 2014-2020.

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EPA Research - Water Research in Ireland (2007-2013)

Author: Lisa Sheils, EPA, updated in 2015 by Abigail Murphy and Alice Wemaere, EPA, September 2015

Year: 2015

List of Water Projects funded by EPA Research Programme between 2007 and 2013.

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Research 142: Pharmaceuticals in the Aquatic Environment

Year: 2015

This report aims to collate the knowledge base by documenting what is currently known and understood about pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment and their potential impacts on aquatic biota and ultimately humans.

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Research 143: Pharmaceuticals in the Irish Aquatic Environment

Year: 2015

The overall aim of this project was to combine chemical and biological analyses in an integrated assessment of the extent and the effects of pharmaceutical pollution in the Irish aquatic environment, with the ultimate aim of developing a simple bioassay for the fast, reliable identification and toxicological assessment of pharmaceuticals in environmental samples.

Research 153: Identifying the Biological and Geographical Origins of Faecal Contamination

Year: 2015

The aim of this project was to develop a tool box, Microbial Source Tracking (MST), to enable water quality managers to identify the biological and geographical sources of faecal pollution of water bodies.

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Research 152: Cryptosporidiosis: Human, animal and environmental interface

Year: 2015

The aim of this study was to investigate the monthly prevalence of Cryptosporidium in farm animals during March–June over two years in two catchments – the Liffey and Lough Gill – in the east and west of Ireland.

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Research 151: CapE-Capture, Extract, Amplify: A rapid method for monitoring large water volumes for pathogenic contaminants

Year: 2015

This 2-year research and development project focused on validating a rapid and convenient method for screening large volumes of water for the presence of VTEC.

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Research 150: Assessment of exposure to metallic nanoparticles, focusing on silver on marine and fresh water model organisms at a cellular and genetic level

Year: 2015

With the advent of industrial utilisation of ENMs, it is now of the utmost importance that exposure risk scenarios in relation to increasing and unnatural NPs, where their function and interaction with their environment is unpredictable, are monitored, assessed and, if required, that regulatory guidelines are implemented early in their application.

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Research 145: Development of a pulsed light approach as a novel solution in drinking water treatment

Year: 2015

The aim of this study was to determine if a novel PUV system provides a suitable means of disinfecting water, with particular emphasis on parasite species.

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Research 144:The Protection of Water Resources:Developing Novel Sensor Materials

Year: 2015

The research described herein sets out to develop polymer-coated, membrane-based technologies that could be used to detect organic contaminants, nitrates or heavy metals, namely chromium and copper, in aqueous systems. The membranes were modified so as to investigate their potential in the required sensing capacity.

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Research 137: Towards developing a Cryptosporidium monitoring protocol

Year: 2015

The prevalence and persistence of Cryptosporidium – particularly with respect to drinking water supplies – is one of the key environment and health issues for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Research Report: 129: Are we willing to pay for good river Water Quality?

Willingness to pay for achieving good status across rivers in the Republic of Ireland, , September 2014

Year: 2014

One of the main objectives of this research was to examine public attitudes towards water quality related issues and the importance that the general public places on these compared with other potential environment issues.

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Research 134:Biological Effects and Chemical Measurements in Irish Marine Waters

EPA and Marine Institute and Trinity College Report, September 2014

Year: 2014

The overall aim was to increase Ireland’s capacity for the generation of integrated monitoring of biological effects and chemical measurement data and for the completion of a pilot scale assessment of the quality of the Irish marine environment at a number of selected locations.

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Research Report 127: What’s our water worth? Estimating the Value to Irish Society of Benefits Derived from Water-Related Ecosystem Services

Research Report 127: Estimating the Value to Irish Society of Benefits Derived from Water-Related Ecosystem Services: A Discrete Choice Approach, August 2014

Year: 2014

Research Report 127 Dr Stephen Hynes NUIG

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STRIVE 123 - Management Options for the Collection, Treatment and Disposal of Sludge Derived from Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems

STRIVE 123 - Michael F. Joyce and Dr Kathryn Carney, March 2014

Year: 2014

This report looks at options for managing sludge from septic tanks

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STRIVE 125 - Supporting the Concept of Early Warning Analysis

Dr Ioannis M. Dokas, March 2014

Year: 2014

This project looked at developing early warnings systems for safety issues in drinking water plants