EPA Newly Assigned Waterbodies under the WFD

The following waterbodies were unassigned in 2021, so logically these are now assigned in the new update (April 2022)

Extracted via EPA mapping interface

WFD National Technical Implementation Group: Membership

Membership as at Mar 2021:

Alan Dunney, CAROs

Andy Fanning, EPA

Anne Marie O’Connor, ABP

Anthony Mannix, EPA

Aoife Crowe, CER

Barry Deane, NFGWS

Bernard Harris, DAFM

Bernie O Flaherty, LAWPRO

Bernie White, LAWPRO

Billy O Keeffe, TII

Brian O Loan, BIM

Carol McCarthy, LAWPRO

Cathal Gallagher, IFI

Catherine Butler, BIM

Claire Colman, Irish Water

Clare Casey, DAFM

Cliona O’Brien, NPWS

Colin Byrne, DHPLG

Conor Galvin, OPW

Daireann McDonnell, Waterways Ireland

David Joyce, CCMA/Cork

Deborah Meghan, Coillte

Deirdre MacGabhann, ABP

Deirdre Quinn, NIEA / DAERA

Donal Grant, DHPLG

Dymphna Kehoe, DAFM

Eva Mockler, EPA

Evin McGovern, MI

Fran Igoe, LAWPRO

Gary O’Connell, LAWPRO

Graham McGovern, DHPLG

Imelda Averill, CCMA DCC

Jack Nolan, DAFM

Jenny Deakin, EPA

Joanne Gaffney, BIM

Joanne Livingstone, NIEA / DAERA

Karen Creed, EPA

Karl Kashen, LAWPRO

Ken Bucke, Forest Service

Kerry Anderson, NIEA / DAERA

Kevin Collins, Forest Service

Maeve Ryan, LAWPRO

Margaret Keegan, LAWPRO

Marie Archbold, EPA

Mark Adamson, OPW

Martin Cormican, HSE

Mary Gurrie, EPA

Matt Craig, EPA

Mike Murphy, BIM

Monica Lee, GSI

Niall Horgan, Irish Water

Noel Byrne, EPA

Noel Meehan, Teagasc

Noreen Mc Cleery, NIEA / DAERA

Oonagh McCann NIEA / DAERA

Paddy Morris, EPA

Pat Murphy Teagasc

Patrick Morrisey, EPA

Paula Treacy, WI

Peter McGoary, SFPA

Philip O’ Dea, Coillte

Ray Spain, LAWPRO

Richard Gray NIEA / DAERA

Ruth Hennessy, LAWPRO

Serena Keane, Irish Water

Shane O’ Boyle, EPA

Silke Hartmann, NIEA / DAERA

Stephen Fennell , EPA

Suzanne Wylde, EPA

WISE Water Framework Directive Database

Reporting under the Water Framework Directive is via the WISE reporting system which is owned and managed by the European Environment Agency

The WISE Water Framework Directive database contains data from the 1st and 2nd River Basin Management Plans reported by EU Members States, Norway and the United Kingdom according to article 13 of the Water Framework Directive (WFD).

The database includes information about surface water bodies (number and size, water body category, ecological status or potential, chemical status, significant pressures and impacts, and exemptions) and about groundwater bodies (number and size, quantitative status, chemical status, significant pressures and impacts, and exemptions).

The information is presented by country, river basin district (RBD) and river basin district sub-unit (where applicable).


The structure of the data and further information are described in the WFD Reporting Guidance.

Data Viewer


County and City Management Association review of local authority structures to meet Water Framework Directive objectives

County and City Management Association (CCMA), a review of the wider local authority structures is now under way to inform this evolution and identify the appropriate level of resources and involvement required from the sector to meet WFD objectives.

Note: the assessment of resources within the water environment functional area of local authorities specifically includes the agricultural inspection programme

Also: In 2022, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage will issue a Circular to the EPA and local authorities providing more detail on the National Agricultural Inspection Programme. A key focus of the Programme will be ensuring that follow up-inspections of non-compliant farms are undertaken, enforcement notices are issued and cases are prosecuted where necessary. Steps will also be taken to ensure that all non-compliant farms are cross-reported to DAFM which will result in penalties.

Pre AIE: mentioned in Draft River Basin Management Plan 2022-2027, also mentioned by some local authority environmental officers in relation to EPA reviewing lack of resources allocated to water vs to waste. Email to info@lgma.ie to request details on WFD objectives review by CMMA (13/3/22)

Number of freshwater habitats reported as ‘Good Environment Status’ under Water Framework Directive monitoring

Introduced in 2000, the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) aims to protect all water resources, prevent further deterioration of all waters and to restore degraded surface and ground waters to good status by 2015 (or at the latest 2027). It was given legal effect in Ireland by the European Communities (Water Policy) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 722 of 2003).  The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has delegated the task of coordination and oversight of the WFD implementation in Ireland to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The WFD requires surface waters, such as rivers and lakes, to be classified into high, good, moderate, poor, or bad ecological status based on a standard, European-wide unified approach integrating a suite of biological, chemical, and morphological conditions.  Assessment of quality is based on the extent of deviation from reference conditions i.e., biological, chemical, and morphological conditions associated with no or very low human pressure. 

Since the last reporting period, there was a 3.7% drop in the number of high or good quality rivers sites (56.7%, 2010-2015; 52.6%, 2013-2018) with 47% of river sites now being of moderate to bad quality.  Overall, there has been no change in the number of high or good quality lakes between the last reporting period (46.2%, 2013-2015; 46.3.8%, 2015-2018), but there is a 1.9% decline since the 2007-2009 period (48.2%).

More information on water quality in Ireland’s lakes and rivers can be found here:


More information on the Water Framework Directive and the EPA’s Monitoring and Assessment Programme can be found here:


The Water Framework Directive Status data can be downloaded from here:



More information on European Communities (Water Policy) Regulations 2003