The Ring of Gullion Partnership are working with the Local Authorities Waters and Communities Office in the South to take action to protect and enhance our local water bodies.
The Local Authorities Waters and Communities Office are having a meeting to prioritise the actions, creating a draft plan for Dundalk Bay Catchment and also to discuss how we might progress these actions on the ground.
Dundalk Bay Rivers (Fane, Glyde, Dee, Proules, Castletown, Kilcurley, Flurry, Big, and White) communities are leading the way in a new approach for river catchment management.
Last spring (2017) at meetings across the catchment including Crossmaglen, they created a vision for their rivers that was ratified at a meeting in Carrickmacross Workhouse in October 2017. The Dundalk Bay communities would like to protect and improve the water quality of our rivers, lakes and coastal waters; project and improve habitats and biodiversity of our aquatic ecosystems and adjacent areas; learn more about our water environment and the role we can play in its protection and improvement; create water management environment and a community that is more resilient to climate change and promote sustainable recreation and tourism along our waterways that provide benefits for the community, environment and local economy.
The next step is to identify a key group of river champions from within the community who will help drive the vision forward by working with local agencies such as Inland Fisheries Ireland, Local Authorities, EPA, NIEA, National Parks and Wildlife Service and LAWCO to deliver on the actions the community have already identified are needed to make this vision happen.
Anyone who would like to get involved in protecting our very precious water resources and help provide the pathway to recovery for all our rivers and lakes, please contact Gretta McCarron at 00 353 858085756 or [email protected]