The River Sow is one of the main drinking water sources for the Wexford town supply and Wexford County Council has initiated a major assessment project with the aim of addressing issues of high nitrate concentrations and elevated amounts of phosphate and ammonia.
The Catchment Assessment team of Ruth Hennessy (Manager), Anne Phelan and Stephen Davis outlined details of the project at the monthly meetings of Wexford Borough District Council and Enniscorthy Municipal District Council and a public meeting was held in Ballymurn Hall.
Ms Hennessy said; “We are looking at all aspects of the river and working with communities that live beside the river and rely on the river for recreation and business; we aim to work with everybody.”
She added that the Sow river was identified as one of a number of priority areas in Wexford where water quality standards are not been met and improvements can be made.
Between now and 2021 the Catchment Team has plans to explore waterways in other areas including Blackwater, Wexford Harbour Lagoon, Duncannon and Bannow.
There are 35 scientists working on behalf of local authorities and the team of environmental scientists agricultural scientists, ecologists and biologists have offices in Clonmel and Kilkenny.
The work is being carried out in conjunction with a number of stakeholder organisations including Irish Water, the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Teagasc, the Sea Fisheries Protection Service and the National Forest Service.
More information from www.watersandcommunities.ie Ruth Hennessy, Catchments Manager (085 8030164, 076 1066235 or firstname.lastname@example.org