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11. CatchmentCARE: improving water quality in cross-border catchments - Con McLaughlin / Andy Griggs

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On 17 and 18 June 2020 the EPA held its National Water Event as an online conference.

This presentation was by Con McLaughlin, Donegal County Council and Andy Griggs, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council.

This year's theme was 'Restoring our waters'.

This years event was free to attend. It was the EPA's largest water event ever, with over 1250 attending.

To everyone who joined us: thanks for attending; thanks for your probing questions; thanks for your passion; thanks for caring about our waters. We can achieve more working together.

Special thanks to all our presenters and the team who worked behind the scenes to make sure this years conference happened.

For science and stories about water quality in Ireland, check out www.catchments.ie

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11. CatchmentCARE: improving water quality in cross-border catchments - Con McLaughlin / Andy Griggs

  1. 1. EPA NationalWater Event 2020 Online Conference Restoring Our Waters ImprovingWater Quality in cross border Catchments 18th June 202018 June 2020
  2. 2. • €13.8 million over 5 years to October 2022 • EU Programme for N. Ireland, Border Region & Western Scotland • Match funding kindly provided by the  Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in Ireland and the  Department of Agricultural,Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland • CatchmentCARE is funded under Priority Axis 2 – Environment,Priority 2b – Invest in Water Sector, Objective 2.4 – Improve freshwater quality in river basins • I would like to credit our Project Partners for some of the slides to follow
  3. 3. Project Outputs: Establish 3 water quality improvement projects 1. Arney catchment (304km2)(304km2) 2. Blackwater catchment (1,500km2) 3. Finn catchment (494km2) Install 50 groundwater monitoring stations across the region
  4. 4. The Project will be delivered through a combination of . . - policy actions - catchment and water body actions - enhancing the capacity of local stakeholders to contribute to improvements in water quality . . . very relevant for this mornings ‘Communities in Action’ theme My colleague Andy Griggs, will focus on the community aspect in the second half of this presentation
  5. 5. Recent trends in water quality at a glance . . Mary Gurrie,EPA Water Quality in Ireland 2013-2018
  6. 6. GIS Dashboard ‘WFD Status’– FINN (based on EPA data)
  7. 7. Scoping work package. . Detailed‘story-maps’ which describe the CatchmentCatchment characterisations can be found on our project website .. www.catchmentcare.eu
  8. 8. Loughs Agency are leading out on • Water quality improvement schemes to include in-stream and riparian AT THE FINN . . to include in-stream and riparian improvements; • Removal of barriers to migration across three catchments; • Investigate Chemical Export issue and mitigating measures required to address that; • Sheep dipping and forestry have been highlighted as areas for mitigation.
  9. 9. Desk Study to identify sites for surveying Survey sites and complete data Submit the NIS to Create an NIS (Natura Impact Assessment). Seek planning permission / Erect site notice Identify the type of tender The approach required in the Finn (Protected Area): • Natura Impact Statement • Notifiable Actions Consent • Planning Permission Docs • Site Location and Layout maps complete data analysis Prioritise areas in terms of need for enhancement works. Site Walkovers to identify action for works. Meet landowners re potential plans / gain landowner permission. Determine the definite course of action & methods of works. Submit the NIS to NPWS of tender documents needed for works Tender process / select successful contractor + commence works Monitoring of works delivery. • Site Location and Layout maps • Elevation Blueprints • Work Specifications • Tender Documents • Landowner permissions • Landowner Appeasement
  10. 10. GIS Forestry dashboard with some priority areas identifiedidentified for action to address the chemical export issue
  11. 11. GIS Sheep dip dashboard with some clusters identified to helpto help focus on areas for action to address the chemical export issue
  12. 12. AT THE ARNEY: The Groundwater Team are progressing . . Data loggers deployed at/near groundwater risings – Electrical conductivity,temperature,water level at 11 sites including Marble Arch and Cladagh river with 5 other sites to be monitored.other sites to be monitored. Possible drilling locations – Mill street (NW of catchment in sandstone) Marble Arch caves – provides very good opportunity for linking with UNESCO Geopark GW Team are collaborating with one of our community groups –on dye tracing in karst locations which has great potential
  13. 13. AT THE ARNEY: IFI are progressing various In-stream & Riparian works in conjunction with landowners; Working through AA Screening and liaising with DAERA/ DfI/ OPW on consents required Working with Community Groups and with the GW Team;
  14. 14. AT THE BLACKWATER: ABC / IFI are progressing various In-stream & Riparian works in conjunction withworks in conjunction with landowners Also liaising with DAERA/ DfI/ OPW on consents required ABC are working with the farming community (soil sampling) in conjunction with AFBI
  15. 15. Evaluation of Farm Nutrient Management Practices Farm scale study,agronomic trial,Farmyard surveys, soil P Main driver - changes to zero or low P inputs Evaluation of the Lag-Time in Achieving AT THE BLACKWATER: Agri-food & Biosciences Institute (Afbi) work on 17 selected farms includes . . Evaluation of the Lag-Time in Achieving WFD Nutrient Targets for waterbodies Catchment modelling,Lake sediment coring/sediment re-suspension in conjunction with UU Evaluation of the cost effectiveness and cost benefit of achieving theWFD objectives Farm optimisation modelling Harmonizing the Soil Phosphorus Index Systems Examining the relationship between Olsen and Morgan
  16. 16. Harmonizing the Soil Phosphorus Index Systems 10% (56 samples) were sent to Teagasc Johnstown Castle for quality control, To ensure that the AFBI and Teagasc analyses areTo ensure that the AFBI and Teagasc analyses are consistent 200 samples sent for textural analysis to indicate whether the relationship between Olsen and Morgan Phosphorus was influenced by soil type.
  17. 17. Afbi are also delivering work with willows including: Potential for mitigation of diffuse pollution In conjunction with UU, point source discharge fromWWtWs - construction of 3no src willow enhancements to wastewater treatment schemes within sensitive catchments
  18. 18. Paper to follow! An assessment of stakeholder Sub – catchment approx. 22ha Afbi) work on diffuse pollution includes . . stakeholder commitment to the principle of SRC willow planting and how this fits with national strategies
  19. 19. Paper to follow! An assessment of stakeholder commitment to the principle of SRC willow Afbi) work on diffuse pollution includes . . principle of SRC willow planting and how this fits with national strategies Separate Conference held in Dundalk at 5th March 2020 see presentation on www.catchmentcare.eu
  20. 20. Afbi) work on diffuse pollution includes . . Paper to follow! An assessment of stakeholder commitment to the principle ofcommitment to the principle of SRC willow planting and how this fits with national strategies Positive interest in a Conference held in Dundalk at 5th March 2020,see presentation on www.catchmentcare.eu
  21. 21. Ulster University (UU) are progressing work: 1) on the feasibility of lake remediation via phosphorus-fixing. . Draft reports, (Risk assessment & Ecological effects) of the of aluminium and iron salts on lakes, submitted to the two environment agencies / WIP! 2) with AFBI on the hydrological connectivity & point source pollution at Liscooley (Finn) & Cavanagrow (Blackwater) Monitoring up-stream & down-stream of discharge points Biological monitoring - Diatom and Chlorophyll-A Concrete block with tiles u/p & d/s - Algal growth substrate BenthoTorch Soluble Reactive Phosphorus (SRP)
  22. 22. Ulster University (UU) are working (with Afbi) on the evaluation of lagtime in achievingWFD nutrient targets in Lakes and Rivers This work package seeks to establish the extent of the internal phosphorus load to Upper and Lower Lough Macnean from sediment and suspended sediment. The work will have two main focuses: Analysis of the phosphorus fractions of cores taken from the lakes in order to establish phosphorus concentrations present & dated in order to establish a timescale for recovery for the lakes Deployment of sediment traps in the lakes to evaluate the volume of suspended sediment present in the lakes during differing weather conditions. Coring sites at Lower & Upper Lough Macnean
  23. 23. Provide recommendat ions Assist with X border representation from: • Loughs Agency (Chair) • DCC Project Governance – Steering Group with 3 Sub Committees WFD Sub- Committ ee Identify issues and solutions Liaise with other sub- committees Act as a facilitator to both jurisdictions Assist with knowledge transfer and best practice • DCC • EPA • DAERA • IFI • DoAFM (Forestry/WFD/Agricultural) • DoHPLG (Water Advisory Unit) • OPW • GSI • DfI Rivers WFD Co-ordination Sub Committee
  24. 24. Thank you – I’ll hand you over to Andy Griggs now who will focus on Community engagement for the remainder of this presentation
  25. 25. • Plan and execute a programme of activities that satisfies the identified needs of the stakeholder groups • Engage landowners,farmers and local interest groups to develop a shared understanding of the challenges facing individual catchments in order to then agree specific actions and implement them CatchmentCARE Communication Objectives in order to then agree specific actions and implement them • Maximise public interest in the work and ultimately to heighten awareness of water quality issues and management. • Inform relevant regional and national organisations of the value of the work, particularly to encourage collaboration with organisations that have an environmental or technical interest • Inform government,academia and industry of the value and availability of the information and to encourage these sectors to use the new data in improving environmental management in the project area.
  26. 26. 1. Press Releases 2. Events 3.Website – www.catchmentcare.eu 4. Social media presence – Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / You Tube CatchmentCARE Communication Methods You Tube 5. Community engagement events 6. Newsletters 7. Brochure 8. Factsheet 9 Fliers 10. Info graphic(s) 11. Resources for schools 12. Resources for farmers and industry
  27. 27. • Support communities to take innovative approaches to looking after and caring for their local river systems including associated lakes. • 17 projects funded across the 3 Catchments in 2019 Community Incentive Scheme (CIS) • 17 projects funded across the 3 Catchments in 2019 • CatchmentCARE staff helping to develop and deliver project in partnership with groups – including procurement process • Access projects,Education programmes,Training for group members, Equipment supply, Interpretation,Community action days, Bioblitzes all funded • Successful element of CC to date with huge potential for positive legacy to the project
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  29. 29. Education Programmes - Successful pilot education programme rolled out in 2019 (April – June), 8 schools in 3 Catchments - 200 pupils involved / 17 teachers & assistants- 200 pupils involved / 17 teachers & assistants - 4 Catchment Films developed with Drone Footage on local rivers.All narrated by the children as part of their ‘River Journey’ – can be viewed on CatchmentCAREYouTube Channel or www.facebook.com/catchmentCARE - Further education programmes developed for 2020 - teacher training included
  30. 30. Community Engagement Sub Committee - The project has a Community sub Committee which meets on a bi-annual basis - Its role is to provide strategic advice to the project team on the direction and implementation of community engagement work across the three catchments and to share any new knowledge gained through the course of the project with NGOs and the community sectorgained through the course of the project with NGOs and the community sector - The sub committee is made up of the statutory,Community / NGO and local government sectors - Included on the current committee are representatives from LAWCO, NIEA, River Blackwater Catchment Trust, IFA, UFU, NI Forest Service,IFI, Mid Ulster Council,Monaghan County Council, Ballinderry Rivers Trust, Donegal County Council & Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council.
  31. 31. Thank you

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