Water Quality Week
Teagasc Water Quality Week runs next week Monday, 22nd March to Friday, 26th March. Water quality week is organised in collaboration with the dairy processing co-ops and the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO). Noel Meehan, Programme Manager ASSAP has details of the plans for the week here
During the week Teagasc and its partners will provide water quality focused information and advice to farmers to help minimise losses of nutrients, sediment and pesticides to water from their farming practices.
Noel Meehan, Programme Manager with the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) said; “Water Quality Week will cover a broad range of topics and will be available to farmers and the public, primarily through short videos posted on www.teagasc.ie, social media channels and digital media platforms, and also print articles in local print media. Each day will be dedicated to a particular theme and will look to explain a range of water quality problems and provide practical advice and solutions to farmers.”
Monday March 22nd - World Water Day
Water Quality and Catchment Management
LAWPRO will explore the importance of water quality to farmers and explain how water quality is measured and where the public can access information on the streams and rivers of Ireland.
Tuesday March 23rd
Utilising Nitrogen Inputs Efficiently
Teagasc and Co-op ASSAP advisors will provide information on nitrogen with the help of researchers from Teagasc Johnstown Castle. Information will be provided on how nitrate interacts with soil and what farmers can do to minimise diffuse nitrate losses form their farms.
Wednesday March 24th
Breaking the pathway’ of Phosphorus and Sediment loss
Discussion on diffuse phosphorus (P) and sediment losses to waters and how farmers can ‘break the pathway’ of P and sediment losses by putting the right measure in the right locations on farms.
Thursday March 25th
Protecting Water from Pesticide losses
Pesticide use on farms and how these can impact streams and rivers and also drinking water supplies. There will also be a focus on the roles that agro forestry and wetlands can play in helping to protect and improve water quality.
Friday March 26th
Managing your Farmyard and Signpost Webinar
The importance of good farmyard management practices which play a vital role in minimising point source losses of nutrients. There will also be an opportunity to tune into the weekly Teagasc Signpost Webinar for additional information and discussions on the topics covered by water quality week.
Further information on water quality week is available on www.teagasc.ie/waterqualityweek, from your local co-op sustainability advisor and www.watersandcommunities.ie