The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage recently announced that €510,000 in grants have been issued through the Local Authority Waters Programme Community Water Development Fund. First introduced in 2018, the fund supports communities and groups to deliver projects that enhance the quality of local streams, rivers, lakes, and coastal areas. The Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage provide the funding which is administered by Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO).LAWPRO was set up in 2016 as a shared service on behalf of the 31 Local Authorities. The programme provides information and organises meetings and public consultations with the aim of "engaging communities to increase their involvement in water management and building the necessary relationships with relevant stakeholders at local level". The budget for 2022 was increased as applications exceeded the budget allocation with 182 awarded from a total of 202 applications. Some of the projects approved for funding include:
"river and habitat enhancement works such as planting of native species and hedgerow, pollinator friendly planting, river-bank stabilisation, fencing and riparian buffer zones;
match funding for large LEADER funded projects with a biodiversity/water quality element;
preparation of local plans such as feasibility studies, habitat management plans, ecological surveys, and biodiversity action plans;
awareness raising initiatives such as river clean ups, biodiversity information boards, citizen science workshops, outdoor classrooms, rainwater harvesting, and enhancement of wetlands".
in 2022, an extra €10,000 was awarded as part of the Blue Dot Programme. Blue Dots are "catchments which are mostly unpolluted and are our best quality waters. Blue Dot waters that are achieving their high status objective contain a diverse community of plants and animals that are very sensitive to pollution".