Saturday, February 25, 2017

Pinkeen Stream to be cleaned up

Kildare County Council is to remove rubbish from the seriously polluted Pinkeen Stream, writes Brian Byrne, and will make a skip available for a day as part of the work to encourage discarding of material which might otherwise end up in the stream.

The most recent meeting of Kilcullen Community Action heard a report on the pollution in the stream from Tony Gahan, and it was decided that a review of the water flow and the vegetation in and around the stream would be undertaken.

Kilcullen resident and freshwater biologist Dr Jan Baars will undertake the survey with Noel Clare of KCA. It is anticipated that a programme to encourage native flowering plants along the stream will be devised.

Accumulated rubbish in the stream has contributed to a number of rodent infestations in recent years.

Dumping of rubbish in the stream has been a major issue for some two decades. Voluntary clearance days have been organised by local volunteers on a number of occasions.