Nitrates Expert Group Meeting Minutes
11.30 – 13.00, 2nd August 2023
This was listed as an ACTION in the Nitrates Expert Group Meeting Minutes
9.30–11.00, 13th September 2023
DAFM/EPA will meet again to discuss Pigs and Poultry data exchange
No further information, but it’s understood that EPA may not currently share slurry related data on regulated sites with the DAFM, so DAFM cannot compare with their own data
Also note from previous AIEs the number of pig and poultry operations licenced by EPA does not match the number given by DAFM as above the stocking threshold for EPA licence. This discrepancy was never explained
Nitrates Expert Group Meeting Minutes, 11.30 – 13.00, 2nd August 2023
DAFM nitrates expert group proposed using GPS units to track the movement of slurry during exports.
Also timely provision of data to local authorities must be prioritised for these exports to be inspected.
The mandatory use of GPS trackers on tractors exporting slurry is being considered by the Department of Agriculture in a bid to clamp down on bogus slurry export declarations.
The proposal is among a number of new water quality measures proposed by the Department’s nitrates expert group. Other measures proposed include the establishment of a national feed database, the declaration of exactly when slurry is leaving the farm and the inclusion of clover in all new perennial ryegrass seed mixes. Also under consideration is a restriction on grassland slurry spreading to land that meets specific soil test results.
Q: Do the EPA share slurry data with DAFM on EPA licenced sites ? From this exchange, it appears that they did not as of July 2023
DAFM data to LAs
Pig and poultry manure exports
All Household Kerbside collectors are listed on the NWCPO website https://www.nwcpo.ie/permitsearch.aspx
Summary: Castlekelly townland within Glenasmole Catchment
- Acquired by the State in 2016 to form part of the Wicklow Mountains National Park.
- 1982 Hectares
- Some of the lands are also part of the Wicklow Mountains SAC and Wicklow Mountains SPA
- Legal obligation on the State to restore the site condition to Favourable Conservation Status
The Development of a Gully Woodland Restoration Plan for the Upper River Dodder Catchment and the
Identification and Assessment of Generic Issues of Relevance for Future Similar Projects in Ireland
Proposed National Parks and Wildlife Service Glenasmole Catchment Project
Presentation on the project
NPWS Upland Woodland Potential (Castlekelly)