Video - working together for water quality
Improving Ireland’s water quality is challenging and is best done by the different sectors working together. The Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP) collaborates with many organisations and two of these are featured in this video.
The National Federation of Group Water Schemes is the umbrella organisation for community-owned drinking water supplies across Ireland. One such County Monaghan scheme is in the Corduff catchment. According to the federation’s Brian MacDonald, improving water quality has to be a collaborative process as “We live in each other’s shadow - ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine”
In the Dunleer catchment, the COSAINT research project is looking at the relationship between cattle and stream water quality. Operated by the Centre for Freshwater and Environmental Studies, Dundalk, it has cameras at a number of streams. In her comments, the centre’s director Eleanor Jennings acknowledges farmers for providing access to their fields as “They can see the benefit obviously of getting this information for Irish farms, for Irish streams and for Irish catchments”