A public information meeting to facilitate engagement on the ‘Recommended Priority Water Bodies for Action in County Westmeath’, and feedback on the River Basin Management Plan Public Consultation meetings which were held earlier in 2017, will take place at 7pm on Monday 23rd of October 2017 in the Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar.
The EPA, local authorities and public authorities have engaged in Catchment Assessment Workshops throughout the country during 2016 and 2017 to characterise waterbodies and assess pressures on river, lake, coastal, transitional and groundwater water bodies. In Westmeath, there are a number of ‘Recommended Priority Waterbodies for Action’ which were identified following the assessment of all available scientific and technical data from the relevant agencies and also using local knowledge. One of these areas may be in your area.
The draft River Basin Management Plan 2018 – 2021 was published in February 2017 and was on public consultation until 31st August 2017. Presentations were made on the Draft Plan to the Council, Strategic Policy Committee and a number of Public Meetings were held throughout the county as well as nationally to engage with communities and other stakeholders.
To further facilitate public engagement, information and mapping will be available to view at 7pm on Monday 23rd October with the briefing session for members of the public also. In conjunction with Westmeath County Council and LAWCO (Local Authority Water and Communities Office) the briefing session will consist of short presentations on the “Recommended Priority Water Bodies for Action in County Westmeath”, and feedback from the River Basin Management Plan public consultation meetings. There will be an opportunity for discussion and to review the information on view which will include maps identifying each ‘Recommended Priority Waterbodies for Action’ and the rationale used in their selection.
Feedback will be recorded on the day and there will be an opportunity to provide further feedback until 1st November 2017.
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 19/10/2017