Freshwater Detective environmental training course

by Rachel Cunningham
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Earlier this month, an environmental training course for young people was held on the River Camac in Clondalkin, writes Rachel Cunningham.

Sponsored by Friends of the Camac and supported by the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO), the ‘Freshwater Detective’ course was delivered by renowned biologist and author Professor Ken Whelan.

Eleven young people, mainly transition year students, from three schools participated. The attendees came from Moyle Park College, Clondalkin, King’s Hospital School, Palmerstown and Kishoge Community College, Lucan.

As well as classwork, the group participated in fieldwork which involved water sampling and recording the macro-invertebrate life in the river, offering a window into the quality of the water and the health of the river.

Friends of the Camac said they were “delighted to pioneer this training with young people” and that they “hope to encourage the young environmentalists and citizen scientists of the future”.

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