Consultation on Significant Water Management Issues

Closes 22 Jun 2020

Opened 20 Dec 2019


Northern Ireland’s water resources are managed using a catchment based approach including rivers, lakes, groundwater as well as coastal and marine water bodies.

The management is regulated through national legislation transposing the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) and requires the production and implementation of a River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) in six yearly cycles. The River Basin Management Plan takes an integrated approach, identifying those water bodies which can be classified as being at ‘good or better’ status, as well as setting the objectives and programme of measures for the next six year cycle to help improve those water bodies which are classified as below ‘good’ status.

In preparation of the third-cycle river basin management plan, which Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) will publish for public consultation in December 2020, NIEA has prepared a ‘Significant Water Management Issues’ report for Northern Ireland. This report is available for public consultation until 22 June 2020.

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