The Shannon River Pilot Basin Research Fellowship

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The PRB Research Fellowship project represented Ireland?s participation in the
European Commission DG-ENV led initiative to test implementation of the WFD in a
network of fifteen pilot river basins as part of the EC Common Implementation Strategy
(CIS). The overall aim of the PRBs at European level was to ensure that the guidance
documents produced by the CIS Working Groups are applicable to and workable within
all RBDs across Europe. Being a participant in several EU workshops on WFD and a
member of CIS Working Group C on Groundwater facilitated exposure to WFD
implementation in other countries and provided a valuable feedback mechanism to the
national working groups in Ireland.Several outputs, especially concerning groundwater, were used in the development of
national guidance for Article 5 implementation in Ireland. Towards the conclusion of
the PRB project the author acted as national EPA coordinator to collate RBD
characterisation and risk assessment results into the format required for EPA?s formal
reporting on Article 5 to the European Commission.

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Dr. Garrett Kilroy
Environmental Protection Agency Ireland

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End of Project Report    STRIVE_GKilroy_PilotRiverBasin_epr.pdf  (3.76 Mb)
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Author(s)Kilroy, G.
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Publication InformationThe Shannon River Pilot Basin Research Fellowship
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Resource KeywordsShannon, RBD, PRB Fellowship, Water Framework Directive, WFD
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2002-W-FS/5
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeWater Quality
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
Limitations on the use of this ResourceThe EPA and the author (G Kilroy) should be acknowledged in the citation of this work. One is directed to the automatically generated citation below which includes details of SAFER.
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 2
Project Start Date Monday 1st April 2002 (01-04-2002)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Sunday 1st December 2002 (01-12-2002)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Saturday 1st October 2005 (01-10-2005)
Published on SAFERTuesday 29th April 2008 (29-04-2008)
Date of Last EditTuesday 29th April 2008 at 13:50:00 (29-04-2008)
Datasets or Files Updated On Tuesday 29th April 2008 at 13:49:25 (29-04-2008)

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The Shannon PRB is the largest river basin in Ireland draining a land area of some 18,000 km2 in central Ireland. It includes part of 18 local authorities in the Republic of Ireland and some 6 km2 in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Carboniferous rocks dominate the bedrock geology of the Shannon PRB. Of these, the pure bedded limestones predominate in the upper reaches of the catchment. In the west, on either side of the Shannon estuary, bedded shales and sandstones of Namurian age dominate. Between the upper and lower reaches of the Basin, unbedded pure limestones and impure limestones are folded around cores of older rocks. There are some 16,000 km of river channel in the Shannon PRB, with the main channel extending 260 km from source to estuary, before reaching the Atlantic Ocean. There are over 1600 lakes in the digitized lake network for the Shannon PRB covering a total area of 440 km2 however, the majority of these (97%) are less than 50 ha, the minimum size set out in System A of the WFD (which deals with typology factors). The population within the Shannon river basin is approximately 630,000 individuals. Agriculture (73% of total area) is the principal activity in the River Basin, the dominant land use being pasture. There are some significant areas of wetland (12%), mainly peatland, many of which have been extensively developed since the 1940s for the production of milled peat to fuel the generation of electricity in local power stations. The catchment is not notably industrialised and agri-industries, such as milk and meat processing, are the most prominent. The Shannon River Basin is located in Ecoregion 17 (river and lakes) and Ecoregion 1 (transitional and coastal waters).

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The Shannon Pilot River Basin (PRB) Research Fellowship was funded under the 2002
ERTDI call for research proposals by the Environmental Protection Agency
(Environmental RTDI Programme 2000-2006). This call for proposals comprised a suite
of research projects ranging from GIS to ecological classification, hydromorphology to
mathematical modelling. The purpose of the call was to support the next phases of
implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) in Ireland.The overall aim of the PRBs at European level is to ensure that the guidance documents
produced by the CIS Working Groups are applicable to and workable within all RBDs
across Europe.
Supplementary Information
This report includes a paper which focuses on the issues faced when defining water bodies for rivers and lakes in
a GIS format. Rivers pose a particular challenge due to their linear nature, often
resulting in tens of thousands of river lengths especially in dendritic systems. Lakes in
contrast are easier to delineate and represent in GIS form due to their polygon nature.
However, lakes also pose challenges often due to the proliferation of numerous small

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