The government is about to publish their plan for managing our waters but it will fail to protect and restore our rivers, lakes and seas.
We must ensure that Minister O’Brien and Minister Noonan don’t sign off on it until it is fixed.

Half our waters are unhealthy and pollution is increasing. We can’t have the government continue to fail our waters.

Take our action to email your TDs to ask them to do what they can to fix the plan (below).

What are SWAN’s 7 key asks?

These are our recommendations to fix the plan and restore our waters to a healthy state.

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)?