Management Strategies for the Protection of High Status Water Bodies

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In December 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appointed RPS in conjunction with University College Dublin, Trinity College, and Evelyn Moorkens & Associates, to undertake a Desk Study with overall aims as follows: To review existing legislation relevant to the protection and management of high status sites and its interaction with other legislation; to review best practice on protecting high status sites, in other European states; and to suggest new approaches to ensuring that high status water bodies remain at high status. A series of strategies have been proposed in the discussion document in order to address the decline of high status sites and water bodies, which includes high status catchment delineation and prioritisation for protection measures.

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Dr. Bernadette Ní Chatháin

Dr. Evelyn Mookens
Evelyn Moorkens & Associates

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Author(s)Chatháin, N.B. Mookens, E.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationManagement Strategies for the Protection of High Status Water Bodies
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2024-06-13

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Resource Keywordshigh status, rivers, lakes, transitional waters, coastal waters, Water Framewor Directive, management strategies, deterioration, river basin districts
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2010-W-DS-3
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeWater Quality
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 19
Project Start Date Wednesday 1st December 2010 (01-12-2010)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 1st December 2010 (01-12-2010)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Sunday 1st April 2012 (01-04-2012)
Published on SAFERThursday 20th December 2012 (20-12-2012)
Date of Last EditTuesday 9th July 2013 at 16:28:23 (09-07-2013)
Datasets or Files Updated On Tuesday 9th July 2013 at 16:28:23 (09-07-2013)

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The geographical area covered by the project is the Republic of Ireland, and all rivers, lakes, transitional and coastal waters which were identified to be at high status through the Water Framework Directive monitoring programme from 2007-2009 are included.

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The EPA has highlighted, as a key concern, the decline in high ecological quality river sites (EPA, 2009). Such waters are indicators of largely undisturbed conditions and reflect natural background status or only minor distortion by anthropogenic influences. They are used as reference from which deviation in quality is measured. Their importance includes supporting aquatic species sensitive to enrichment or siltation e.g. freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) and juvenile salmon (Salmo salar). A decline in the percentage number of high quality river sites was noted in all River Basin Districts (RBDs) between 1987 and 2009. The most striking decline is the seven-fold decrease in Q5 sites, which accounted only for less than 2 % of all sites in the 2006-2008 survey period (EPA, 2009). One of the objectives of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) is to maintain high status water quality where it exists but where practical, the RBDs should, strive to restore former high quality sites (EPA, 2009).
Supplementary Information
All mapping data was generated in ArcMap, Version 9.2. Mapping involved the generation of 'shapefiles' covering high status sites i.e. point shapefiles, or covering high status water bodies or catchments delineated i.e. polygon shapefiles. Layout views in ArcMap were exported as jpegs to generate maps. ArcGIS was used to delineation high status river catchments and to prioritise them for protection measures.

Key outputs include the following 2 reports:
1. Kenneth Irvine and Emer Ní Chuanigh. 2011. Management Strategies for the Protection of High Status Water Bodies. A Literature Review. University of Dublin, Trinity College.
2. Dr Bernadette Ní Chatháin, Dr Evelyn Moorkens & Dr Kenneth Irvine. 2012. Management Strategies for the Protection of High Status Water Bodies - A Discussion Document for the Environmental Protection Agency. RPS Ireland Ltd. "
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