A Framework for the Assessment of Groundwater - Dependent Terrestrial Ecosystems under the Water Framework Directive

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established this project to develop a decision-making framework for the management of groundwaterdependent terrestrial ecosystems (GWDTEs) at risk of ?significant damage?, as required by the European Water Framework Directive (WFD), in collaboration with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). The principal aims of this project were: To identify the locations of groundwater-dependent habitats and species within a selection of candidate Special Areas of Conservation (cSACs) by undertaking a desk survey of available data and subsequently to generate a GIS map of the location of GWDTEs in SACs. To support the WFD Groundwater Working Group and NPWS staff in their attempts to assess groundwater dependency, sensitivity and significant damage to GWDTEs by developing a framework for their assessment and integration into river basin management plans.

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Dr. Garrett Kilroy
School of Natural Sciences Trinity College
Environmental Research Scientist
Department of Geology, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
Telephone: +353 1 896 1000
e-mail: garrettkilroy@gmail.com

Mr. Jim Ryan
National Parks and Wildlife Service
Environmental Research Scientist
NPWS, 7 Ely Place, Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland
Telephone: +353 1 888 2000
e-mail: jim_ryan@environ.ie

Dr. Catherine Coxon
Trinity College Dublin
Lecturer
Department of Geology, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
Telephone: +353 1 896 2235
e-mail: cecoxon@tcd.ie

Dr. Donal Daly
Environmental Protection Agency
Programme Manager
Hyrdometric and Groundwater Section, Environmental Protection Agency, Richview, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Ireland
Telephone: +353 1 268 0100
e-mail: d.daly@epa.ie

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Author(s)Kilroy, G. Ryan, J. Coxon, C. Daly, D.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationA Framework for the Assessment of Groundwater - Dependent Terrestrial Ecosystems under the Water Framework Directive
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=b5799c70-224b-102c-b381-901ddd016b14
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2017-07-23

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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=99
Resource KeywordsGroundwater Turlough peatland bog ecosystems mapping Water Framework Directive
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project CodeNot Applicable
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeWater Quality
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
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Limitations on the use of this ResourceThe authors of the report and the full details of this report must be cited properly in any derived works.
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 2
Project Start Date Thursday 1st January 2004 (01-01-2004)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Thursday 1st January 2004 (01-01-2004)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Thursday 31st May 2007 (31-05-2007)
Published on SAFERTuesday 23rd December 2008 (23-12-2008)
Date of Last EditTuesday 23rd December 2008 at 17:12:32 (23-12-2008)
Datasets or Files Updated On Tuesday 23rd December 2008 at 17:12:32 (23-12-2008)

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Three contrasting wetlands typical of the Irish environment (Pollardstown Fen, Caranavoodaun Turlough and Clara Bog) are examined in this chapter as a basis for developing a conceptual framework for managing groundwater-dependent wetlands. All three wetlands have been previously studied intensively, the water supply mechanisms are reasonably well understood and all contain priority habitats in Annex I of the Habitats Directive. Pollardstown Fen is a SAC located in Co. Kildare and situated in a sand and gravel aquifer. Caranavoodaun Turlough is wholly groundwater fed and is within a larger SAC complex located in Co. Galway and situated in a Carboniferous Limestone karst aquifer. Clara Bog is a SAC located in Co. Offaly and situated in a glacial till basin underlain by a poorly productive Carboniferous Limestone aquifer.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established this project to develop a decision-making framework for the management of groundwaterdependent terrestrial ecosystems (GWDTEs) at risk of ?significant damage?, as required by the European Water Framework Directive (WFD), in collaboration with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). The WFD (2000/60/EC) requires the assessment of terrestrial ecosystems that depend directly on groundwater as part of the classification of groundwater bodies (Annex V). If chemical or quantitative pressures on a groundwater body result in ?significant damage? to a GWDTE, the groundwater body will be classified as being at ?poor status? and require mitigation measures. The WFD groundwater working group (GW-WG) was set up in Ireland as a subgroup of the National Technical Coordination Group (NTCG) which co-ordinates technical aspects of WFD implementation. The membership of the GW-WG comprises representatives from a range of organisations including the EPA, the Geological Survey of Ireland, River Basin Districts (RBDs), together with consultants and academics involved in groundwater management and research.
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In total, 64 GWDTEs in SACs were mapped. Of the 48 GWDTEs identified as being ?at risk? under the WFD, 11 required mapping. An additional site, Castletaylor Complex was added to this list by the NPWS and mapped, as it was deemed to be an at-risk site. Thirtysix sites from a second additional list of SACs (not identified as being ?at risk?) that have GWDTEs as their main qualifying interests were also mapped. In addition, the locations of 16 Vertigo sites were compiled and mapped from information supplied by Dr Evelyn Moorkens. Further work is required to better define boundaries of GWDTEs where multiple types exist within a SAC. Coastal ecosystems, such
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