Water Research in Ireland 2014-2020

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

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

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Published: 2015

Pages: 8

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Ireland's waters are one of our major natural resources.  Plentiful availability of good quality water offers a significant competitive advantage to sectors such as agriculture, industry and tourism, but it is a resource that must be carefully managed.  Improving water quality status is a national priority for Ireland.

EPA Research's water pillar deals with ground water, surface water , transitional and coastal water, as well as waste water, drinking, bathing and selfish waters.

It will support the emerging policy and implementation research need in relation to the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), as well as marine research considerations to support the formation and implementation of policies.  In addition, the EPA is coordinating a multi-agency transboundary programme of research on Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction (UGEE), which has significant water elements, and is included under Thematic Area 5: Emerging and Cross-Cutting Issues.  The overall aim of the water pillar is to support relevant water policy and to protect our water environment, contributing to achieving excellent water quality in Irleand.

Reports on EPA-funded water research projects can be downloaded here.