The rivers and coastline of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown are renowned places of natural beauty and are popular with locals and visitors alike as destinations for water-based recreational activities, especially during summer months.
Each year, communities and local champions play a vital role in the protection and enhancement of local waterbodies. The Community Water Development Fund supports this effort and in 2022, three community groups in dlr will receive a combined total of €8,200.
An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Mary Hanafin said: “The LAWPRO Community Water Development Fund is a wonderful opportunity for local communities to make a difference in preserving and improving water quality in their own Counties. I am delighted that four projects within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown have received funding this year. These funds, allied with the energy and enthusiasm of our wonderful volunteer groups will enhance biodiversity, improve water quality and contribute to the enjoyment of these water bodies by everyone in the County.”
Projects approved for grant funding in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown include:
-Booterstown Marsh Nature Reserve: Puccinellia fasciculata Borrer’s Saltmarsh Grass habitat survey (An Taisce Dún Laoghaire Association)
-The Big Weigh In 2022 (Flossie and The Beach Cleaners)
-Booterstown Marsh Nature Reserve: Insect Study (An Taisce Dún Laoghaire Association)
– Investigative assessment of Kill of the Grange Stream within Loughlinstown Linear Park (Loughlinstown Estate Management Committee)
Issues affecting water quality in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown are well documented, with a lot of work underway through the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO), Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and relevant agencies to address pollution and other known problems. For the next five years, this work will be guided by Ireland’s River Basin Management Plan.
Commenting on the fund, the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, T.D. said: “I welcome the announcement of the Community Water Development Fund grants 2022, which will support local communities and groups to deliver projects that enhance the quality of local streams, rivers, lakes, and coastal areas. I am pleased that my Department funds this scheme, which is a great example of community engagement and public participation. The Community Water Development Fund will continue to be a key measure in the new revised and strengthened River Basin Management Plan for Ireland, which I plan to launch later this year alongside my colleague Minister Malcolm Noonan. The Plan aims to protect Ireland’s water quality, and to ensure we have a well-protected environment and vibrant communities for future generations.”
Photo provided courtesy of Dónal O’Keeffe.