Over sixty per cent of local rivers have an unsatisfactory ecological status

Over sixty per cent of local rivers have an unsatisfactory ecological status.

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency shows only 53 percent of the country’s coastal waters, rivers and lakes are of an acceptable quality.

It highlights our river waters as a particular concern, with the quality having dropped by 5.5 percent since the last assessment four years ago.

In Monaghan, 15 rivers are of high or good ecological status, while 42 aren’t.

33 rivers in Cavan are of an acceptable standards, and 35 are moderate or poor.

EPA Water Programme Manager, Mary Gurrie, says the poor water quality is down to a number of factors: