CatchmentCARE (Catchment Actions for Resilient
Eco-systems) is an EU-funded project that aims to improve freshwater
quality in cross-border river basins across three cross-border catchments. The
aims will be achieved through development of three water quality improvement
projects in the Finn, Blackwater and Arney catchments and installation 50
boreholes across the region.
Project partners come with a broad range of knowledge and
experience, to bring an added value to the project, further reinforcing the
value of collaboration and working together for the good of not only the
environment but also for our communities. Local authorities, Donegal County
Council (Lead Partner), Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council,
working with academia in Ulster University, as well as the Agri-Food and
Biosciences Institute, British Geological Survey, Loughs Agency, Geological
Survey Ireland and Inland Fisheries Ireland, bring a rich and diverse skill-set
from which to bring the CatchmentCARE project forward.
Working in partnership, the consortium will develop three
policy actions, six catchment actions and three community actions,
based on three critical criteria: (i) measurable impact on water quality; (ii)
transferable beyond the three catchments; and (iii) contribute to a project
The actions selected will address water quality issues
relating to hydromorphology, point and diffuse sources of pollution, farm
nutrient management practices, characterisation and monitoring of groundwater
quality, lag times in response to the implementation of measures and an
economic analysis of the cost of achieving the objectives of the Water
Framework Directive in the three catchments. Furthermore CatchmentCARE will
contribute to achieving good status through the implementation of catchment
restoration actions, capacity building of the local community, and crucially
will provide a platform for cross-border knowledge exchange between community,
governance, policy and scientific stakeholders.
Geological Survey Ireland, British Geological Survey and
Geological Survey Northern Ireland are leading out on the Groundwater theme,
which includes drilling boreholes, undertaking surface and down-hole
geophysics, and groundwater sampling.
The 61 month project was awarded €13,792,436.45 (ERDF +
Government Match Funding) under the INTERREG VA Programme in October 2017. The
project was officially launched on June 14th 2018, in Co.