Water Framework Directive

The Water Framework Directive is European legislation which requires us to achieve good status for all rivers by 2015.

Parts of Offaly are in three of these:  Eastern RBD (Boyne), South Eastern RBD (Barrow) and Shannon RBD.

Offaly County Council participates in the management of these river basin districts by monitoring the quality of the rivers in Offaly and implementing the programme of measures as set out in river basin district plans. These measures include identifying point and diffuse sources of pollution and enforcing existing legislation in order to eliminate them.

The EU Water Framework Directive 2000 seeks to protect and improve our natural waters, including rivers, lakes, groundwater, coastal water and transitional waters.  The Water Framework Directive objectives are implemented through River Basin Management Plans and Programmes of Measures 

The country is divided into eight river basin districts (RBD). Offaly is affiliated to three River Basin Districts (RBDs); namely the Shannon International River Basin District, the Eastern River Basin District and the South Eastern River Basin District.  Offaly County Council participates in the management of these river basin districts by monitoring the quality of the rivers in Offaly and implementing the programme of measures as set out in river basin district plans. These measures include identifying point and diffuse sources of pollution and enforcing existing legislation in order to eliminate them. 

A new Water Framework Directive Office – the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office has been established to facilitate a coordinated regional approach. 

We will continue to investigate activities and facilities, such as agriculture, septic tanks and commercial and industrial discharges to surface waters, within the catchment area of designated rivers with less than good status in conjunction with this new Water Framework Directive Office 

For more information please see www.wfdireland.ie