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Community meeting in the Upper Erne: find out what is happening in your local river

Community meeting in the Upper Erne: find out what is happening in your local river

A community meeting is being held in Drumkilly Hall on Tuesday, 27 November at 8pm for local people to learn about their local streams and rivers.

Published on: 19 Nov 2018

The streams and rivers around Drumkilly between Crosskeys, Kilnaleck and Ballinagh form the upper reaches of the River Erne which flows from these locations all the way to Ballyshannon where it reaches the sea.

The Upper Erne river is a priority area for action in the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021 under the 2nd Cycle of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The aim of the WFD is to protect water quality in our rivers and lakes and to restore all waters to at least good status. Across Ireland, 43% of our monitored rivers and 54% of our lakes are at less than good status so it is going to be a challenge.

Nationally 190 priority areas for action covering 726 water bodies have been selected as priority areas within this cycle.There are 8 of these priority areas in Co. Cavan, one of which is the Upper River Erne. This meeting in Drumkilly Hall is part of a new, more collaborative, catchment-based approach engaging all stakeholders at local level.  We are planning to carry out scientific assessments and stream walks to better understand the issues and develop locally appropriate solutions. The meeting will provide an opportunity for local people to meet the team who will be working in the catchmentand to find out more about us and what we propose to do. Wewould really like to see as many local residents, interest groups, businesses and farmers as possible present.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us: Gretta McCarron is the Community Water Officer for Cavan and Martina Smith is the Catchment Manager for the Border region.

Gretta 085 8085756  ​gmccarron@lawaters.ie

Martina 085 8030220  ​msmith@lawaters.ie

www.catchments.ie