CatchmentCARE Week - Going with the Flow - Restoring Our Rivers

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Webinar on river restoration works being carried out in the Blackwater, Arney and Finn catchments as part of the CatchmentCARE Project.

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In this webinar project partners Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Inland Fisheries Ireland and Loughs Agency will present on river restoration works being carried out in the Blackwater, Arney and Finn catchments as part of the CatchmentCARE Project.

The three project catchments have been selected due to specific water bodies failing to achieve Good Ecological Status (GES) under the Water Framework Directive (WFD). River Restoration Works undertaken by CatchmentCARE will contribute towards the stated programme result of meeting an overall increase in the percentage of cross-border freshwater bodies with good or high quality under WFD. Presentations in this session will look at techniques for instream, riparian and control of chemical export from land, as solutions to improve river water quality.

"Going with the Flow - Restoring Our Rivers" is one of six webinars organised as part of CatchmentCARE Week that explore integrated approaches to the protection, improvement and sustainable management of our water environment.

"Going with the Flow - Restoring Our Rivers"

Wednesday 19th May 2021.

9.30 Welcome from CatchmentCARE Project - Michael McGarvey, Director of Service.

9.35 Introduction from Session Chair - Ciara O’Leary, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI).

9.40 ‘Bringing the River Back to Life’ - Marcus Malley, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council.

Marcus will describe the instream river restoration methodologies used by CatchmentCARE to find the most suitable solutions for individual river reaches.

9.55 “Passive restoration: removing pressures on our Rivers" - Darren Craig, IFI.

Darren will present on the methods used by CatchmentCARE to improve water quality in our catchments through riparian zone restoration techniques.

10.10 “Investigating Chemical Export to Water Courses in the Finn Catchment: Sources, Sampling and Solutions” - Sarah McLean, Loughs Agency.

Sarah will present on an investigation into sheep dip and forestry as sources of herbicide and pesticide pollution in watercourses in the Finn Catchment. Sarah will discuss passive sampling techniques and practical solutions to inform and educate stakeholders.

10.20 Q&A

10.40 Wrap up/ Close Session - Session Chair, Ciara O’Leary, IFI

Speaker Profiles

Marcus Malley is an ecologist, managing the Biodiversity Service in Armagh City Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council. He has a Zoology Degree, Dip Ed and PhD in Fisheries Ecology. Along with CatchmentCARE, he is a work package lead in INTERREG VA project CANN (Collaborative Action for Natura Networks) to restore our peat lands. A native of the Blackwater, previous roles have involved both consultancy and research on fisheries within the Catchment.

Wider interests include the conservation grazing of the species rich grasslands and wetlands around Lough Neagh with the four herds of Council rare breed cattle and environmental education. He retains a passion for recording moths.

Darren Craig is an Aquatic Ecologist who has been working with Inland Fisheries Ireland for the past three years. He is currently working as a Research Officer for the Catchment Care Project, which is a cross border project primarily focused on achieving good water quality (according to the WFD) through riparian actions with a focus on improving hydromorphology. Darren has previously worked as a researcher on the IFI Salmon Index Catchment in the West of Ireland.

Sarah McLean is Head of Science at Loughs Agency. She has been working for the Loughs Agency for the last 10 years and has professional interests in ecosystem and fisheries management.

About CatchmentCARE

CatchmentCARE (Community Actions for Resilient Eco-systems) is an INTERREG VA EU-funded project which aims to improve freshwater quality in cross-border river basins across three cross-border catchments. This is being done through the development of three water quality improvement projects in the Finn, Blackwater and Arney catchments and the installation of 50 groundwater monitoring stations across the region to better understand groundwater in the cross-border catchments and the interaction between groundwater & surface water bodies.

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