Catchment Management Surveys
Surface water monitoring carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency in Ireland between 2001-2003, confirmed that County Sligo has one of the highest proportions of unpolluted river channel on a nationwide basis. Sligo County Council is committed to preserving this high standard of surface water quality in the County and to the prevention of water pollution. Under the 1998 Phosphorus Regulations each local authority in Ireland was required to prepare a ten year programme of measures to maintain / improve the quality of surface waters within their functional areas.
As part of this programme, the Council undertake catchment surveys in various river and lake catchments throughout the county. It is envisaged that over the coming months, these surveys will be concentrated in the Lough Easkey and North Sligo Public Water Supply Scheme source catchments. Public cooperation with the survey staff is essential and greatly appreciated. The aim of these surveys is to gather information on industrial, commercial, agricultural and domestic wastewater disposal practices in the relevant catchments, which will assist in the overall protection of surface waters utilised in the provision of drinking water supplies. Information gathered will be used in the preparation of drinking water source protection plans. If you wish to discuss any aspect of the above surveys, please contact the Environment Section of Sligo County Council at 071-9111919.