Shannon Foynes Port Company
RPS was commissioned to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and an Appropriate Assessment in accordance with Article 6 of the EU Habitats Directive to evaluate the impact of the reclamation of 2.5 ha of foreshore at Shannon Foynes Port.
The Lower River Shannon holds a number of important environmental designations, including Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Area (SPA) areas and hosts a number of rare and protected species, including internationally important numbers of birds such as Dunlin, Black Tailed Godwit and Redshank, as well as other protected species such as Bottlenose Dolphins.
The impacts of the proposed reclamation on both the physical and human environment is being examined, with particular attention focussed on the direct and indirect effects of the construction activities and potential increase in operational shipping activity on species and habitats within the SAC and SPA designated areas.
The EIA involves surveys (bathymetric, geotechnical, traffic, archaeological, noise, flora and fauna, wintering and breeding bird counts), modelling (tidal and sediment) and extensive consultations with both statutory and non-statutory organisations. EIA baseline studies were undertaken which fed into the overall EIA, Foreshore Licence and Dumping at Sea applications.