Saturday, April 15, 2017

Important waterways public meetings upcoming

Kilcullen's heron — pic Brian Byrne.
Meetings being held in three local locations over the next 11 days are of vital interest to all who are interested in the quality and good management of our waterways, writes Brian Byrne.

They are organised by the Waters and Communities Office, set up in February 2016 to promote better management of Ireland’s streams, rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal waters and groundwater for the benefit of present and future generations.

The public meetings — in Clanard Court Hotel on 20 April, Keadeen Hotel on 25 April, and Town House Hotel on 26 April, all beginning at 7.30pm — are among a series being held across the entire country over the coming weeks to discuss local water bodies in the context of the draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021.

It will be of particular interest to those concerned with water quality, biodiversity, heritage, water based recreation and tourism, or other matters affecting local water bodies.

That should be all of us …

The meetings will outline the contents of the draft River Basin Management Plan along with details on how local people can input into the final plan.

The Waters and Communities Office operates as a shared service on behalf of all local authorities, and can provide technical assistance and support for local communities on water based initiatives, such as invasive species removal and control, riverbank improvement works/halting erosion, in stream works such as stream crossings (Pinkeen Stream bridge, anyone?) and more.

The Waters and Communities Office is funded by the Department of Housing, Community, Planning and Local Government and is managed jointly by Kilkenny and Tipperary County Councils. The office can be contacted by Email or phone 0761 06 5262.