Lower Lee (Cork City) Flood Relief Scheme

Project Info Environmental Impact

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) fulfils the requirements set out by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the ‘Guidelines on the Information to be contained in Environmental Impact Statements’ (EPA, 2002) and Schedule 6 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001. The Report also references the ‘Guidelines for Planning Authorities and An Bord Pleanála on carrying out Environmental Impact Assessment’, published by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in March 2013. This EIS was displayed in accordance with the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945 and 1995 as amended, in both Cork City Hall and Cork County Hall between 12th December and the 19th January.

The purpose of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is to document the environment in the vicinity of the proposed development site in an effort to quantify the possible impacts, if any on the environment. The assessment process served to highlight areas where mitigation measures may be necessary in order to protect the surrounding environment from any negative impacts of the proposed development. The objective is to facilitate the most efficient and positive design of the proposed scheme insofar as possible and that measures are in place to ensure that any adverse impacts are avoided, reduced or remedied as appropriate.

The environmental assessment process will be ongoing throughout the planning and design of the project. Information gathered or alternatives suggested arising from public information days, meetings with stakeholders and written representations are considered on the grounds of engineering feasibility, environmental viability, existing constraints and economics.

Constraints Report

Lower Lee FRS Constraints Study

Environmental Impact Statement

The Environmental Impact Statement is available to download on this page. The EIS is presented in three volumes. Please click on the relevant image for each volume to download the full volume. The individual chapters and appendices are also available to download by clicking on the relevant link.

EIS Volume 1 NTS
EIS Volume 1 Main Report

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Background

Chapter 3 Description of Proposed Development

Chapter 4 Human Beings

Chapter 5 Flora and Fauna

Chapter 6 Soils and Geology

Chapter 7 Water

Chapter 8 Air Quality & Climate - Noise & Vibration

Chapter 9 Landscape

Chapter 10 Cultural Heritage

Chapter 11 Material Assets

Chapter 12 Traffic and Transport

Chapter 13 Interaction


Table of Contents
EIS Volume 2 Appendices

Appendix 2A Existing Flood Extents & Proposed Flood Benefit Areas

Appendix 2B Scoping Document Responses

Appendix 2C Public Information Day No.1 & 2 - Brochure

Appendix 2E Public Information Day No.1 & 2 - Exhibition Posters

Appendix 2F Scoping Document Distribution List

Appendix 2G Scoping Document & Cover Letter

Appendix 3A Project Design Drawings

Appendix 5A Appropriate Assessment Screening

Appendix 5B Lower River Lee Floating River Vegetation Survey

Appendix 5C Invasive Plant Survey

Appendix 5D Bat Survey Report

Appendix 5E Lower Lee Electro-Fishing Survey and Licence Return Report

Appendix 5F Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus red) survey

Appendix 7A Lower River Lee & Biological Q-Sampling Report

Appendix 8A Noise Glossary

Appendix 8B Survey Details

Appendix 8C Profiles and Spectra

Appendix 10A Underwater Archaeological impact Assessment

Appendix 10B Photographs (Including Historical Images)

Appendix 10C Archaeological and NIAH Inventory Entries

Appendix 10D Cultural Heritage Maps

Appendix 10E Archaeological Excavation Database Entries