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The following Web Mapping Services (WMSs) are available here. We currently support OGC WMS, WFS and ArcGIS REST services.

Should you wish to use the EPA WebGIS browser to see the data, click the Map link on the toolbar above.

If you wish to download shapefiles of the data presented in these services, please use the EPA Database option on the Get data page.

Simply expand the Group of interest below and copy the Map Service URL below.

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OGC WMS service

Layers are available to download from Map.

http://gis.epa.ie/geoserver/wms?service=WMS&request=getCapabilities&version=1.3.0

Air Quality

The Environmental Protection Agency manages the National Ambient Air Quality Network.

Air quality monitoring and assessment data can be found here.

Under the Air Framework Directive each EU member state is dealth with in terms of "Zones". For Ireland, four zones are defined in the Air Quality Regulations (2002), amended by the Arsenic, Cadmium, Mercury, Nickel and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Ambient Air Regulations (2009).
Further information can be found here.

Details of the Smoky Coal Ban can be found here.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/AirQuality/MapServer

Dumping at Sea

From 15th February 2010 it is the function of the EPA to issue Dumping at Sea permits under the Dumping at Sea Acts 1996 to 2010.

The Dumping at Sea Acts 1996 to 2010 prohibit the dumping at sea from vessels, aircraft or offshore installation of a substance or material unless permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Further information can be found here.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/DumpingatSea/MapServer

Domestic Waste Water Risk

Under the Water Services (Amendment) Act, 2012 (S.I. No. 2 of 2012), the EPA is responsible for making a National Inspection Plan having regard to relevant risks to human health and the environment. The aim of this report is to set out a methodology to enable the EPA to adopt a risk-based approach to organising inspections of domestic waste water treatment systems (DWWTSs), whereby the level of inspection will be proportionate to the risk posed to human health and the environment.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

Futher information can be found here.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/DWWA/MapServer

General Gazatteer

The Gazateer shows where the EPA offices are throughout Ireland, as well as displaying large, medium and small towns.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/GeneralGazetteer/MapServer

Groundwater Quality

Goundwater quality monitoring loccations are found throughout Ireland. Ammonium, Nitrate and Phosphate Concentrations, as well as Max Faecal Coliform results are presented for the 2007-2009 reporting period.

Histrical Groundwater quality data is also presented.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/GroundwaterQuality/MapServer

Land

The indicative National Soils and Subsoils data provided to the EPA by Teagasc.

The CORINE Land Cover data series (CORINE 2006, 2000 and 1990)
Further information can be found here.

The Department of Agriculture have kindly allowed the EPA to display their Forest Cover data.
Further information can be found here.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/Land/MapServer

Licence and Enforcement

Waste disposal and recovery activities in Ireland are required to hold an authorisation in accordance with the Waste Management Acts, 1996 to 2011 (Act).

The EPA has been licensing certain large-scale industrial and agriculture activities since 1994. IPPC licences aim to prevent or reduce emissions to air, water and land, reduce waste and use energy/resources efficiently. An IPPC licence is a single integrated licence which covers all emissions from the facility and its environmental management.
Further information can be found here.

In 1996 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began licensing certain activities in the waste sector. These include landfills, transfer stations, hazardous waste disposal and other significant waste disposal and recovery activities. A Waste licence is a single integrated licence dealing with emissions to all environmental media and the environmental management of the facility.
Further information can be found here.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/LicenceandEnforcement/MapServer

National Soils Database

The National Soil Database (NSDB) has produced, for the first time, a national baseline database of soil geochemistry including data point maps and spatial distribution maps of major nutrients, major elements, essential trace elements, trace elements of special interest and minor elements.
Further information can be found here.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/NationalSoilsDatabase/MapServer

Surface Water Quality

Under the remit of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), Directive 2000/60/EC, the WFD Monitoring Programme objective is to prevent any further deterioration in status of surface waters, groundwater and water dependent ecosystems and to restore polluted waterbodies to at least “good status” by 2015.
Please see here for further information.

Bathing Water Quality consitutues a large part of this WFD Monitoring programme. To learn more about designated bathing waters please see here or visit the SPLASH website to get the latest bathing water quality for identified bathing waters around Ireland.

To see these Surface Water features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/SurfaceWaterQuality/MapServer

Urban Waste Water Treatment

The treatment of urban waste water, effluent from houses and businesses, before it is discharge to rivers, estuaries or the sea is important to prevent pollution.

The Environmental Protection Agency is required to report on the performance of licenced waste water treatment plants from urban areas throughout the country. For further information on compliance please visit here or download the Focus on Urban Waste Water Discharges in Ireland which presents data for the year 2011.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/UWWT/MapServer

Water Features

Under the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) (2000/60/EC) all monitored waterbodies, including; Rivers, Lakes, Groundwater, Transitional and Coastal Waters are the respobsibility of the EPA.

The Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 requires the EPA to collect, analyse and distribute surface water quality data.

To enbale this, the EPA is responsible for holding and maintaing the Register of Hydrometric Stations in Ireland under the Hydrometric Programme.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

Read about the EU Water Framework Directive.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/WaterFeatures/MapServer

Water Regions

Water Framework Directive (WFD) implementation requires assessmemt of the characteristics of river basins districts. This inlcuded the delineation of water managment units (water bodies). The development and publication of River Basin Management Plans (RBMP) and Programmes of Measures (PoMs) have been prepared for each of the River Basin Districts (RBD).

Read about River Basin Managment Plans.

Read about Integrated Catchment Management .

The WFD Hydrometric Programme recognises 40 hydrometric areas, each comprising a single large river basin, or a group of smaller ones, and neighbouring coastal areas.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/WaterRegions/MapServer

WFD Register of Protected Areas

While the overall objective of the Water Framework Directive is to achieve good status for all waterbodies by 2015, some waterbodies require extra protection by virtue of their location in a protected area or their function as a drinking water or bathing water. Under Article 6 of the WFD, the EPA must maintain a register of waterbodies in protected areas related to the following specific types of protected area:

  • Drinking water abstraction
  • Bathing water locations
  • Nutrient sensitive Waters (relating to Nitrates and Urban Waste Water Treatment)
  • Water dependant habitats (Special Areas of Conservation, Special Protection Areas and sensitive species’ habitats such as the Freshwater Pearl Mussel)
  • Economic species: Shellfish production areas and Salmonid waters

Read about the Register of Protected Areas.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/WFDRegisterofProtectedAreas/MapServer

WFD Risk Scores

The WFD Monitoring Programme has an established criteria for identifying waterbodies that may be "at risk" of failing the WFD water quality objectives, i.e. to prevent any further deterioration in status of surface waters, groundwater and water dependent ecosystems and to restore polluted waterbodies to at least “good status” by 2015.

Read more here.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/WFDRiskScores/MapServer

WFD Status

All EU Member States must aim to achieve good status in all waters by 2015 and must ensure that status does not deteriorate in any waters, as regulated by the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) (2000/60/EC).

The Water Quality in Ireland 2010-2012 details status update for Irish Groundwaters, Rivers, Lakes, Transitional and Coastal Waters ecological status and chemical and quantitative status.

The Water Framework Directive Status Report 2007-2009 details status update for Irish Groundwaters, Rivers, Lakes, Transitional and Coastal Waters including ecological status and chemical and quantitative status.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/WFDStatus/MapServer

Historic Mine Sites

The Historic Mine Sites Inventory and Risk Classification was a joint project carried out by the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Environment Protection Agency in 2009.

The project addressed the request of Directive 2006/21/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the management of waste from extractive industries and amending Directive 2004/35/EC. Article Number 20 of this Directive concerns the preparation of an Inventory of closed waste facilities.

The project set out to:

  • Make a list of the closed mine sites in Ireland.
  • Identify the features and structures related to mining at each of the closed mine sites.
  • Identify any waste related to mining at each of the closed mine sites.
  • Describe the waste at each of the closed mine sites.
  • Classify the closed mine sites in terms of the potential threat they pose to humans, animals and the environment.

Please reference the HMS-IRC Report and the HMS-IRC Non Technical Report for further detailed information or visit the SAFER website.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/HistoricMines/MapServer

Noise

The Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EC relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise (the Environmental Noise Directive – END) is the main EU instrument to identify noise pollution levels and to trigger the necessary action both at Member State and at EU level.

To pursue its stated aims, the Environmental Noise Directive focuses on three action areas:

  • The determination of exposure to environmental noise;
  • ensuring that information on environmental noise and its effects is made available to the public;
  • preventing and reducing environmental noise where necessary and preserving environmental noise quality where it is good;

The Directive applies to noise to which humans are exposed, particularly in built-up areas, in public parks or other quiet areas in an agglomeration, in quiet areas in open country, near schools, hospitals and other noise-sensitive buildings and areas. It does not apply to noise that is caused by the exposed person himself, noise from domestic activities, noise created by neighbours, noise at work places or noise inside means of transport or due to military activities in military areas.

The Directive requires Member States to prepare and publish, every 5 years, noise maps and noise management action plans for:

  • agglomerations with more than 100,000 inhabitants
  • major roads (more than 3 million vehicles a year)
  • major railways (more than 30.000 trains a year)
  • major airports (more than 50.000 movements a year, including small aircrafts and helicopters)

The Directive was transposed in Ireland as Statutory Instrument, S.I. 1401 of 2006, Environmental Noise Regulation 2006.

The strategic noise mapping of the major agglomeration airports in Ireland, Dublin International Airport and Cork International Airport, was undertaken by Dublin Airport Authority. They provide supplementary information relating to the Noise Action Plans developed in 2013 for the major agglomeration airports in Ireland as part of the second round of the implementation of the EC Directive 2002/49/EC. The Directive was transposed in Ireland as Statutory Instrument, S.I. 1401 of 2006, Environmental Noise Regulation 2006.

The strategic noise mapping of the major roads across Ireland was undertaken by the National Roads Authority with the support of the local authorities within whose functional areas the major roads were located. They provide supplementary information relating to the Noise Action Plans developed in 2013 for the major roads in Ireland as part of the second round of the implementation of the EC Directive 2002/49/EC.

The strategic noise mapping of the major heavy rail network across Ireland was undertaken by the Irish Rail, with support from the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) who are responsible for mapping noise emissions associated with operational Luas light rail lines in Dublin. They provide supplementary information relating to the Noise Action Plans developed in 2013 for the major rail network in Ireland as part of the second round of the implementation of the EC Directive 2002/49/EC.

Each Local Authority within Ireland has the responsibility to prepare and publish, every 5 years, noise maps and noise management action plans. Please visit your relevant Local Authority website or office to access these Noise Action Plans.

To see these features on a map of Ireland please use the EPA MAPS Viewer.

http://gis.epa.ie/arcgis/rest/services/EPAMapServices/Noise/MapServer