Agriculture pollution key reason for poor water quality at Lough Rinn, says EPA

An EPA scientist claims agriculture pollution is one of the key issues in regards to poor water quality at Lough Rinn.

The Leitrim lake has been named as one of the “worst” in the country for water quality in a top ten list published by the EPA.

Lough Rinn, along with lakes in Cavan, Monaghan and Sligo, were highlighted in a six year Environmental Protection Agency study.

The report highlights “serious” concerns about the quality of bodies of water in Ireland, despite coming after a long period of what the EPA calls “relative stability”.

It noted that eight percent of river bodies in Leitrim and five per cent in Longford were “poor”, while a significant 25% of Roscommon’s lakes and rivers received the same classification.

Catchments with the worst net declines include the Lower Shannon, Shannon Estuary North and South, as well as Mal Bay.

Speaking to Shannonside FM, Senior Scientist with the EPA Dr Shane O’Boyle says many different factors are putting pressure on our waterways: