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Minister Alan Kelly launches public consultation on Significant Water Management Issues in Ireland (SWMI)

Published on Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015

Minister Alan Kelly launches public consultation on Significant Water Management Issues in Ireland (SWMI)

17/06/15

Mr. Alan Kelly T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, today (Wednesday the 17th of June, 2015) launched a public consultation on the Significant Water Management Issues for Ireland to be addressed in the second round of River Basin Management Plans. These plans, which will be in place by end-2017, will set out the environmental goals to be achieved by end-2021 together with the measures needed to ensure that they are delivered in practice.

Speaking at the launch of the SWMI consultation document today at the EPA National Water Event in Galway, the Minister said “the protection of water quality is in everyone’s interest – agriculture, industry, tourism and public health.  River basin management planning is a tried and trusted tool for doing this”.

The Minister went on to say “we have learned a lot from the first round of Plans and we need to build on that in the second round. This document outlines what we believe are the key significant water management issues to be addressed and I hope that we will have a robust consultation process now on these issues. “We must have a national conversation about how we can keep source water as clean as possible and it is vital that we come to a broad consensus on the fundamental issues so we can systematically address them”.

Copies of the consultation document can be downloaded from the Department’s website here.  Submissions can be made by email to waterq@environ.ie or by sending a written response to “WFD SWMI Consultation, Water Quality Section, Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Newtown Road, Wexford”.  The final date for responses in respect of this consultation is 18 December 2015.

Submissions received in response to this consultation will be taken into account in the preparation of draft river basin management plans.  In addition, the draft plans will be published for further public consultation in 2016, after which final river basin management plans will be adopted by the Minister and published in 2017; those plans will run to 2021.

ENDS

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