Two public meetings will take place online next week on the issue of water quality in County Tipperary next week.
The meetings – which will be held on Tuesday, March 1st and Thursday, March 3rd – will also discuss the draft River Basin Management Plan (2022-2027).
This plan sets out the environmental objectives to protect and restore our rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters.
The Local Authority Waters office is encouraging the public to get involved as to what can be done to improve water quality in waterbodies.
Agencies responsible for protecting Ireland’s rivers have found that agriculture, hydromorphology (physical changes) and forestry are the three leading causes of pollution in our rivers and lakes in Tipperary.
Nationally, the latest water quality data shows that 53% of our surface waters (rivers, lakes estuarine waters) are in ‘Good’ or ‘High’ ecological status.
However, it also shows that 47% are ‘Unsatisfactory’.
The two meetings in Tipperary will focus on different municipal districts.
Tuesday’s meeting will focus on the Nenagh and Thurles municipal districts and will focus on the Lower Shannon, Lough Derg, Nore and Suir catchments.
The meeting in Thursday will cover the Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir, Cashel-Tipperary municipal districts, looking at the Suir catchment.