Statutory Consultation on proposed works by the OPW as required under Section 42 (6) and (8) of the EU (Birds and Habitats) Regulations 2011, as amended.
Ref: 19/2022 AA Screening and Natura Impact Statement for the proposed Fisheries Enhancement Works on the River Boyne in Trim, Co. Meath.
The OPW (as the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland) has statutory responsibility for the maintenance of drainage schemes completed under the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945 and 1995, as amended.
The OPW propose to complete the Fisheries Enhancement Works on the River Boyne in Trim Co. Meath.
The Fisheries Enhancement Works will be conducted at one location of the River Boyne and within River Boyne and River Blackwater Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Site Code 002299 and the River Boyne and River Blackwater Special Protection Area (SPA), Site Code 004232.
The proposed works will be carried out under the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945 and 1995.
The proposed works will be undertaken on the OPW’s Boyne Arterial Drainage Scheme. In 2012, the OPW in conjunction with Inland Fisheries Ireland installed a series of fisheries enhancement works on a stretch of the River Boyne in Trim.
In-stream works are now required to repair one of the fisheries enhancement structures. These structures will alter the flow dynamics of the stream and streams to enhance the habitat for salmonoid fish. This is beneficial to birdlife and mammals that prey on fry and trout. Works proposed involve the repair of a set of instream deflectors.
In accordance with Section 42 (6) and (8) of the EU (Birds and Habitats) Regulations 2011, as amended, the OPW are now required to carry out an appropriate assessment of the implications of the proposed works, alone and in combination with other plans and projects, on the integrity of a Natura 2000 site in view of its conservation objectives.
An Appropriate Assessment Screening and Natura Impact Statement for the proposed Fisheries Enhancement Works on the River Boyne in Trim, Co. Meath, has been prepared in respect of these proposed works and is available to view or download at the link provided below.
River Boyne (Trim In-Stream Works) Appropriate Assessment 2022
The OPW now invites submissions and observations from the public relating to the likely significant effects of the proposed works on the following European Sites, if carried out:
- River Boyne and River Blackwater Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Site Code 002299
- River Boyne and River Blackwater Special Protection Area (SPA), Site Code 004232
The OPW shall have regard to any submissions or observations received during this public consultation when arriving at a decision. The OPW will also consult with the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
How to make a submission
We are committed to engaging with stakeholders in a clear, open and transparent manner. Any person or organisation can make a submission in relation to this consultation. Public consultation forms an important part of advancing the consideration of the environmental impacts associated with these works and allows the involvement of the public in developing a better outcome for the associated Natura Site.
Submissions will be accepted from Thursday 14th July to Thursday 25th August 2022, up to 5pm.
Submissions will not be accepted outside the consultation period.
You can make a submission via email: Please email your submission to email@example.com
and you must include the email subject as “Consultation on River Boyne Fisheries Enhancement Works"
Information about Submissions received
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