The water framework Directive (WFD) is the most significant piece of water related legislation to date. It adopts a holistic approach covering all waters – rivers, lakes, estuaries, costal water and ground water as well as their dependent wetlands. It also recognises that waters do not stop at administrative boundaries but are required to be managed on a catchment basis.
The WFD sets ambitions targets and requires all waters to achieve ‘good status’ or near pristine conditions. Eight River Basin Districts (RBD) has been established within the Island of Ireland and each RBD must prepare a management plan to achieve good water status.
Tipperary is in three RBD’s:
- The South East River Basin District (SERBD) includes the Suir, Nore and their tributaries
- The Shannon RBD (SRBD) takes in Lough Derg and the Rivers and tributaries, and
- The South Western River Basin District covers a small part of the south western part of the county.
A large number of organisations from a broad range of disciplines contribute to the activities and the Projects by participating in the River Basin Management Groups. The current River Basin Management Plans will be reviewed in 2014-2015; public consultations will be advertised in local press.
Further information on the WFD and the RBDs can be obtained on the link below;