9.6 Ground water
Carboniferous limestone underlies most of the subject lands. The most significant receptor for contaminants is the groundwater in the limestone aquifer, in particular shallow aquifers, which have been shown to be present in the development area. The Water Framework Directive requires as an objective the achievement of ‘good status’ for groundwater. Accordingly, the following objectives are relevant for Dublin Airport.
GROUND WATER OBJECTIVES
Strive to achieve ‘good status’ in all waterbodies in compliance with the Water Framework Directive, the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021 and the associated Programme of Measures (second cycle) and in cooperation with the development and implementation of the third cycle River Basin Management Plan 2022-2027.
Protect and develop, in a sustainable manner, the existing groundwater sources and aquifers in the County and control development in a manner consistent with the proper management of these resources in conformity with the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021 and the associated Programme of Measures (second cycle) and to cooperate with the development and implementation of the third cycle River Basin Management Plan 2022-2027 and any subsequent plans.
Implement the recommendations of the Groundwater Protection Scheme.