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Environmental Policy.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 23 February 2010

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Questions (374)

David Stanton


432 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he has received a plan for the south-western river basin district; if so, his plans to publish same; the actions he will take as a result of the plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8699/10]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The making of a river basin management plan is a function reserved to local authorities and the process of finalising plans, including that for the South-Western River Basin District, will be completed in the coming months. A National Advisory Committee has been established to co-ordinate this work across each of the Districts and to oversee the subsequent implementation of the plans.

Cork County Council is the co-ordinating authority in relation to the South-Western River Basin District. This project has been funded by my Department and to date in excess of €8 million has been granted to the South-Western RBD.

The plans will specify the environmental objectives to be achieved in relation to water-bodies and the measures to be implemented in order to achieve these objectives. The programmes of measures must be operational by the end of 2012.