The Water Policy Advisory Committee (WPAC)

The Water Policy Advisory Committee (WPAC), established pursuant to S.I. 350 of 2014, provides policy advice and assistance to the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and on broader water resource issues.

WPAC is also responsible for providing advice on and support for the making of River Basin Management Plans, including the programme of measures as part of those Plans. 

WPAC regularly invites other organisations to present to it on topics of relevance, and it has decided to publish regular bulletins to provide an overview of issues under consideration.  [check for list of published bulletins 2021-2022]

“However, as much of the Committee’s discussions are confidential as part of the wider deliberative process, these bulletins are general in nature.” [AIE minutes of meetings 2021-22]

WPAC Membership

Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Chair) (D/HPCLG)

Environmental Protection Agency

Office of Public Works

Geological Survey of Ireland  

Commission for Energy Regulation

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine       

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

Department of Health

County and City Management Association

Health Service Executive

Irish Water

Inland Fisheries Ireland

AIE: members, agenda/minutes 2021-22

Note: nothing online on this committee, aside from some 2016-2017 posts that confirms it exists, does not list members, remit or governance. Mentioned in Draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland (2022 – 2027) so presumably still in existance

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