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EU Water Framework Directive

The EU Water Framework Directive is an important piece of EU environmental legislation which aims at improving our water environment. It requires governments to take a new holistic approach to managing their waters. It applies to rivers, lakes, groundwater, estuaries and coastal waters. Member States must aim to achieve good status in all waters by 2015 and must ensure that status does not deteriorate in any waters. This website is an information resource for interested parties and holds extensive documentation relating to WFD-related studies and River Basin Management Plans.

Please note that this website relates only to the first cycle of River Basin Managements Plans for the period from 2009 to 2015.  For material in relation to the second and subsequent cycles of River Basin Management Plans, please see the website www.catchments.ie

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