€14m project to improve our water
A major cross border
project worth almost €14million was launched at An Grianan Hotel in Burt aimed at improving
the water quality in our waterways.
CatchmentCARE is a five year project bringing
together eight partners to restore the water quality
in three important cross-border river catchments –
River Blackwater, River Finn and the Arney River.
Led by Donegal County Council, the partner
organisations are Armagh City, Banbridge and
Craigavon Borough Council, Inland Fisheries Ireland,
Agri Foods & Biosciences Institute, the Loughs
Agency, Ulster University, the British Geological
Survey and Geological Survey Ireland.
Lee McDaid, Wildlife Ranger, National
Parks and Wildlife Service giving a talk to the
CatchmentCARE project group at Inch Wildlife
project will include studies on how best to tackle
water quality and it will also provide a platform
for cross border engagement and knowledge sharing
between community, governance, policy and scientific
shareholders. There will be actions to improve the
quality of the rivers through restoration works to
the land bordering the rivers, as well as to the
rivers themselves. Further actions will enhance the
capacity of shareholders to contribute to this
programme of improving water quality.
There are also plans to install 50 boreholes across
the region to monitor water quality.
Managing our water so it can meet our current and
future needs and support the ecosystems that depend
on it is vital and CatchmentCARE will make a
significant contribution to these aims.
Well known TV presenter and broadcaster Joe Mahon
was also on hand as a guest speaker at the launch
and provided some thought provoking insights from
his own ‘Lesser Spotted Journeys’ and on our shared
responsibility to improving water quality and
ensuring healthy water catchments for all.