The Environmental Protection Agency says 70% of Ireland’s watercourses are in good condition but major investment will be required over coming years if Ireland is to meet EU water quality and anti-pollution targets.
The Agency today publishes the most comprehensive review undertaken to date of the condition of Ireland’s rivers, lakes, groundwater and estuaries.
Today’s report indicates that the most widespread cause of water pollution in Ireland is still nutrient enrichment, resulting mainly from agricultural run-off and discharges from town sewage plants.
In Donegal, Fern lake is the one of 25 across the country listed as of poor and bad ecological status. None of Donegal's Seawaters failed water quality tests.
In terms of seriously polluted river locations, there were five in Donegal - Roosky at Mullinroe Bridge, Ballaghdoo at Meenychannon, Swilly Burn near Raphoe, Bredagh at the bridge in Moville and Roechrow at Meenateia.