Call for protection of freshwater resources

River stretch: report says half of the pristine stretches in Ireland have been lost since 1987.

A new integrated approach to water management is “urgently needed” if Ireland’s rivers, lakes, groundwaters and coasts are to be protected from decline, a coalition of environmental groups has claimed.

The Sustainable Water Network (Swan), which involves 25 environmental organisations, has just published a pack highlighting the “dramatic loss” of pristine river stretches – halved since 1987 – as well as intensification of agriculture, climate change, poorly integrated planning and low levels of public awareness.

“In the drive to establish Irish Water and improve water infrastructure, river basin management plans drawn up in 2010 have been shelved because of the current disjointed structures – involving more than 50 State agencies,” Swan said.

It also highlighted the closure of beaches in 2012 and 2013 due to the health risk of elevated E.coli levels, continued incidences of “boil water notices” due to Cryptosporidium outbreaks in water supplies and the ongoing human distress caused by flooding.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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