Western Catchment Flood Risk Assessment & Management (Western CFRAM) Study

JBA has been commissioned by The Office of Public Works (OPW) to undertake a project as part of the National Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme of Studies.  Our work involves understanding communities affected by flooding across the Western River Basin District, which includes most of County Galway, County Mayo, County Sligo and some of County Leitrim. This is the Western Catchment Flood Risk Assessment & Management (Western CFRAM) Study.

The National Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme is being led by OPW, with valuable assistance from Local Authorities and others.  The Programme is being carried out between 2011 and 2015. The main stages of the CFRAM Programme are:

  1. Flood Risk Reviews (FRRs)
  2. Inception reporting
  3. Data collection
  4. Hydrological assessments
  5. Hydraulic modelling
  6. Flood risk mapping
  7. Public consultations
  8. Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs)
  9. Flood Consequence Assessments (FCAs)

For further detail on each of the stages in the Programme, please refer to the Timeline.

The CFRAM process will have several important benefits:

  • It will greatly improve our understanding of where flooding is more likely to happen and its associated frequency.  The same will be true for our understanding of the consequences of flooding.
  • We will share our thinking and understanding of flood risk with local communities and listen to their views on future management approaches.
  • It will help long-term planning for reduction and improved management of flood risk across the country. 

If you want to follow the project's progress, Newsletters  are issued on a regular basis and can be accessed from this site. You can also join our mailing list to be kept up to date.  There will be opportunities to learn more and become more involved in discussion about how flood risk is managed by attending consultation events; news on upcoming consultation events will be reported in the Newsletters and also summarised on the Public Consultation page.

If you have information or experience of flooding or flood risk in the Western CFRAM Study area please contact us





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