A workshop by the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office,…
Big Turnout for Galway’s Waterways Workshop
A larger crowd than expected turned out on the evening of 19th May 2017 in the Galway Rowing Club to plan the future of Galway’s Waterways.
The meeting was attended by members of clubs that use the rivers and canals, the residents and businesses that are located along them, as well as churches and schools. TD’s Noel Grealish and Eamon O’Cuiv were in attendance, as were City Councillors Frank Fahy, Padraic Conneely, and Colette Connolly. Guest speakers included Catherine Seale from the Galway/ Roscommon Waters and Communities office and Mark Horton from The Rivers Trust.
The public workshop was part of the Galway Waterways Initiative being promoted by the Galway Waterways Association. The Association is a non-governmental organisation created by local residents concerned with the poor state of Galway’s rivers and canals. The Initiative aims to raise awareness of Galway’s waterways, organise volunteer efforts to clean them up and maintain them, and to enhance them for residents, visitors, and the natural environment.
“Sometimes the stars are in alignment. A number of things are happening at the international, national, and local levels to make it the right time for a focus on our waterways. The European Water Framework Directive has put the quality of our water resources at the top of the national and international agenda. The designation of Galway as the European Capital of Culture 2020 gives us a goal post to aim for major clean-ups and enhancements, and the River Trusts movement across the U.K. and Ireland sets the precedent for communities to organise around their catchment areas and to take action to improve them.”Phil James, chairman of the Galway Waterways Association
A small number of focused workshops organised by interest group will take place in the early autumn to refine the vision set out in the May workshop. Presentations about the Galway Waterways Initiative will be made to the Galway City Council and the Lough Corrib Navigation Trust. A proposal is being prepared for the Galway Waterways Initiative to become an official programme of the Capital of Culture project, and a number of smaller clean-up actions and enhancement projects are in the planning stages.
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