The ACP works together with a wide range of organisations including the EPA, DAFM and third level institutions.
The catchments team work with a wide range of organisations both within and outside Ireland. In this video, Eleanor Jennings and Brian MacDonald speak about their own particular areas and how water quality may be improved.
A four year (2019-2023) collaborative project funded by the EPA and the Office of Public Works (OPW), researchers from TCD, UCC, Newcastle University and the James Hutton Institute are assessing the benefits of Natural Water Retention Measures (NWRM) for agricultural catchments in Ireland. More information is available here from the project's wordpress webpages.
This EPA/DAFM funded project is investigating the effectiveness of mitigation measures on water quality in Ireland and considering future changes in population growth, land use and climate change.
iCRAG Project GW3.2
This project is investigating the occurrence of emerging organic contaminants from agriculture to groundwater in karst and fractured bedrock aquifers throughout Ireland. Looking at the frequency of occurrence of these contaminants (mainly anti-parasitic agents), it is seeking to determine the source factors (point and diffuse such as land spreading of manures and slurries, etc) and pathway factors such as soil, bedrock, etc. For more information, visit the iCRAG website.
This project (EPA funded) is focused on key estuarine areas in Ireland that are affected by seaweed blooms: Argideen and Clonakilty estuaries, Co. Cork; Tolka estuary, Co. Dublin and Killybegs estuary, Co. Donegal. It aims to identify the pressures these estuaries face in relation to macroalgal bloom occurrences and assess management actions aimed at reducing blooms in a global change context. More information is available from the project's website.
This EPA/DAFM funded research project uses a multi-disciplinary approach to understand the use of pesticides in the environment and develop a low-cost, passive, in situ method for their remediation. More information is available from the project's website.
Funded by the EPA & DAFM, the objective is to evaluate the extent, connectivity and nature of Irish roadways and their role in nutrient transport. In time the project will devise and test mitigation strategies including best management practices and engineering solutions and more information is available on this Teagasc webpage.
Funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme, the project aims to increase the competitiveness, sustainability and resilience of dairy farms in the Atlantic area. It involves five countries (Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Spain and Portugal), 12 Atlantic regions and a diverse range of milk production systems. Some of these participating farms are in the ACP. More information is available from the project's website.
Co-funded by the EPA and DAFM, this project approaches the issue of water quality from the scientific, institutional and behavioural perspectives. Crossing over between research and knowledge transfer, there are a wide range of bodies involved including UCG, UCD, ASSAP and National Rural Network. For more information, visit this Teagasc webpage.
Smarter BufferZ (2017 - to date)
A Marie Curie initiative, this Europe-wide research network focused on all aspects of soil and groundwater remediation. It provided advanced training to early-stage researchers related to the sustainable intensification of agriculture and the development of low-technology management solutions. The project worked with a wide range of organisations and the ACP took part in site visits and workshops.