Take Action to Protect Our Rivers, Lakes and Coasts


The health of our rivers, lakes and coasts is in decline and pollution is escalatingHalf of our waters are now unhealthy!

The government is about to publish their national plan for managing our rivers, lakes and coasts but it has significant failings including not doing enough to halt agricultural pollution and run-off from forestry, while lacking urgency to stop sewage pollutionAs it stands, it will ultimately fail to protect and restore our waters. 

Please take our action to email Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister Malcolm Noonan calling on them not to sign off on the plan until it properly protects our waters.

This is Ireland’s chance to turn the tide on the decline of our precious waters and to restore them to good health. A chance that can not be wasted.

What is needed to fix the plan?

SWAN made a comprehensive submission to the consultation containing 29 recommendations. 85% of public submissions to the draft plan supported our key asks.

Below are some quick one minute videos on some of the recommendations we are calling on to be addressed in the plan. You can share them on social media and ask people to take the action.

Why we need action?

Who is SWAN?

The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) is an umbrella network of 25 of Ireland’s leading environmental NGOs, national and regional, working together to protect and restore Ireland’s rivers, lakes, coast and groundwater through coordinated participation in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the Floods Directive, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and other water-related policy.

SWAN National Members

An Taisce
The National Trust For Ireland

Bat Conservation Ireland

BirdWatch Ireland

Coastal Concern Alliance


Ireland’s Environmental Education and Youth Organisation

Friends of the Earth Ireland

Friends Of The Irish Environment

Irish Peatland Conservation Council

Irish Seal Sanctuary
Caring for Ireland’s Marine Ecology

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

Irish Wildlife Trust

VOICE of Irish Concern for the Environment

Where can I find the draft River Basin Management Plan (RBMP)?