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Bioremediation to manage runoff from Agriculture, Mining & Landfills

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08.15 Registration/ Tea & Coffee

09.10 Welcome

Donegal County Council, Cathaoirleach, Terence Slowey Donegal County Council, Chief Executive, Seamus Neely

09.30 The WaterPro Project - Sharing best practice to improve water quality

Ville Matikka, Project Leader WaterPro, Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Finland and Lino Nilsson, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden will describe how the EU funded WaterPro project aims to develop sustainable systems to protect water quality from diffuse agricultural and mining pollution. WaterPro project partners from Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Faroe Islands and Northern Ireland will give an overview of their pilot sites.

10.15 Water quality in Northern Ireland and the role of SRC willow in balancing competing objectives

Chris Johnston, Project Leader , AFBI Environment and Renewable Energy Centre will focus on how energy plantations of short rotation coppice willow are currently being utilised for the sustainable recycling of waste waters and are being investigated for the management of diffuse pollution.

11.00 Break

11.30 Agricultural and Mining - application of Integrated constructed wetlands for runoff management and ecosystem services benefits delivered

Dr Rory Harrington, Senior Scientist and Dr. Caolan Harrington, Environmental Engineer, VESI Environmental Ltd, will provide background information on the ecosystem-based Integrated Constructed Wetland (ICW) concept in the management of polluted waters. A specific case study on the successful use of the ICW concept to treat drainage from the closed zinc and lead Galmoy Mines (Lundin Mining), Co. Kilkenny will be presented.

12.15 Bioremediation at Churchtown Landfill Site where a combination of SRC willows and Integrated constructed wetlands has been used.

Con Mc Laughlin, Senior Engineer, Donegal County Council will give an overview of the landfill restoration at Churchtown which incorporates a 3ha willow plantation and 2 integrated constructed wetlands to sustainably treat leachate runoff.

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Free bus to Churchtown Landfill Site Visit - PPE required


The Water Pro project is funded by the Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme and will develop eco-efficient tools and models for water and storm runoff management practices and environmental protection. This will be done through the development of a Tool-Box of good management practices and a communication platform. In addition several innovative, low cost practices will be implemented in pilot sites and their treatment and cost-efficiency evaluated.

The ultimate goal of WaterPro is to enhance the preparedness of responsible authorities and local resource users to protect the water quality of the NPA region’s coastal and freshwaters, protect human health and ecosystems and stimulate sustainable economic growth and development.

The WaterPro project partners are: Donegal County Council, Savonia University of Applied Sciences Ltd, Finland, Geological Survey of Finland, Agricultural University of Iceland, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden, Agricultural Agency, Faroe Islands, Lough Neagh Partnership, Magherafelt, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast and Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

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