Government has failed to protect and restore our rivers, lakes and estuaries for years and now half are unhealthy and pollution is escalating!
Take action by emailing Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister Malcolm Noonan calling on them to strengthen their weak plan for Ireland’s waters with our recommendations.

The government has published a proposed water management plan for the next five years (the River Basin Management Plan) but it’s weak and won’t work. Sustainable Water Network (SWAN), is a network of 25 of Ireland’s leading local & national environmental groups that work together to protect Ireland’s water environment. We have seven key recommendations for a far stronger plan to tackle issues such as inadequately treated sewage, unregulated land drainage & river alterations, and unsustainable land use, especially intensive agriculture in vulnerable and nutrient-saturated catchments. Recommendations that more than two-thirds of the submissions to the public consultation supported. 

Now we need you to email Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister Malcom Noonan to support our call on them to adopt these recommendations in the final plan.

We all need and use our rivers, lakes & coast, and need them to be clean and healthy.

Will you act now for your water environment?

Read more about how to take actionSWAN’s 7 Askswhy we need action and who is SWAN below., 

How do I take action?

Email Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister Malcolm Noonan

Fill in our details below and hit “start writing” to generate the email.
You can send the email as is, but it’s even better if you personalise it. 

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)?