Water Framework Directive: Recharge and Groundwater Vulnerability

Synthesis Report for the ERTDI-funded project: 2002-W-MS-16

Summary: STRIVE Report 6 - Bruce Misstear and Les Brown

Published: 2008

ISBN: 1-84095-270-9

Pages: 36

Filesize: 1,951 KB

Format: pdf


The aim of the project was to develop a quantified link between groundwater vulnerability and recharge. Based on a review of previous work on this topic, it was recognised that the most important linkage to investigate was that between subsoil permeability and recharge, since subsoil permeability has the greatest influence over the recharge coefficient. Other influences on the recharge coefficient include subsoil thickness, soil type and the ability of the aquifer to accept the available recharge.

Four areas were selected for detailed study, representing different subsoil permeability and aquifer types:

  1. the Curragh gravel aquifer in County Kildare (an area of high permeability subsoils)
  2. the Callan–Bennettsbridge lowlands in County Kilkenny (moderate permeability subsoils)
  3. the Galmoy area of County Kilkenny (moderate permeability subsoils)
  4. and the Knockatallon aquifer in County Monaghan (low permeability subsoils).

Regarding aquifer category, the focus of the project was on regionally important aquifers. Given the relatively short project time frame, the case studies relied mainly on existing hydrological and hydrogeological records, augmented by supplementary data collection, including samples for chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) analyses (Curragh, Galmoy and Knockatallon) and installation of automatic groundwater monitoring loggers (Knockatallon).

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  • Print-Quality Version (i.e. high resolution PDF) of  STRIVE Report 6
  • Recharge and Groundwater Vulnerability End-of-Project Report (e.g. Final Report). EPA STRIVE Reports are formatted and proofread by the EPA. End-of-Project Reports are prepared and finalised by the authors.