Improving Water Quality on World Water Day
On World Water Day 2022, Improving water quality and supporting the production of high-quality food are what Teagasc are targeting through various water quality initiatives that we are involved in. Learn about the work of Teagasc ACP and ASSAP staff including groundwater sampling here
Achieving ‘Good Status’ for all waters in Ireland is a key national goal and Teagasc continues to provide the science for improving our water through its research programme. For ten years Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP) staff have been working with 300 farmers across six catchments in Ireland.
ASSAP (Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme) is a free and confidential service working with farmers in 190 priority water quality catchments in Ireland. Together with the Local Authority Waters Programme, advisors from both Teagasc and the dairy industry are helping farmers put in place mitigation measures to improve water quality.
Teagasc Researchers working for better water quality
Agricultural catchments programme (ACP) researchers are studying a wide range of factors which influence water quality. By looking at soils, farm systems, streams, groundwater and weather, we can help devise ways to improve our water quality. Much of this work is done on farms and also with scientists outside our programme.
In this short clip, hear from ACP Principal Scientist Per-Erik Mellander and some Walsh Fellow PhD students and researchers about the work they are doing. Walsh Fellows and other early stage researchers play an important role in the research done both in the catchments and associated programmes such as the Horizon 2020 WaterProtect project.
Groundwater is the theme of this year's World Water Day. Groundwater is an important component in looking at water quality. For example, at certain times of the year most of the water in the stream can originate from below ground and is greatly influenced by soil type and hydrology. Therefore, in order to better understand loss of nutrients to water is is important to investigate groundwater in addition to surface water. In three of our catchments, wells are sampled at least monthly and water quality data collected.
Maelle Fresne, Teagasc Walsh Fellow
P loss contributes greatly to water quality decline in Ireland. From France, Maelle Fresne is researching the movement of small phosphorous fractions in groundwater-fed sites in the ACP. Her Walsh Fellow PhD is a collaboration between Teagasc, Ulster University, Northern Ireland and Geosciences Rennes, France.
On this page we aim to highlight the work of a wide range of Teagasc staff who are working together to improve our water quality.
Water quality is an important component of our overall environment research. Further information about our Environment Research can be found here
For more information on how to improve water quality on your farm, please see Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP)
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