"Not only are we failing to improve water quality, we are also failing to prevent further deterioration of our rivers," said Matt Crowe, EPA director. The EPA's report found that only 50pc of lakes were in good health, although that was an improvement on previous years, while just 38pc of estuaries were in good health which was down from the previous assessment. "The overall increase in nutrients is a worrying development for our water quality," she said. "We need to address the sources and the pathways by which these nutrients make their way into our rivers and lakes." Coastal waters fared better with 80pc in good health, along with 87pc of canals and 92pc of groundwater.
Source: Irish Independent December 10, 2019 02:37 UTC