Catchment News

Kilteevan River – Our Living Heritage

Mr Denis Naughton, Minister for Communications, Climate Acton and Environment, unveiled a new sign titled Kilteevan River – Our Living Heritage /Abhainn Chill Taobháin – Ár nOidhreacht Bheo, in Kilteevan County Roscommon on 26 March 2018.

The sign highlights the river, its wildlife and even includes a poem.

Eileen Fahey, Chairperson of Kilteevan Tidy Towns welcomed Minister Naughton and thanked him for agreeing to unveil the project.

“Catherine Seale our Waters and Communities Officer has made the Kilteevan community turn our attention towards all our water sources and catchments and we are very grateful to her for that.  We now know that we can no longer take these water sources for granted. We must to protect them as river habitats that are important for biodiversity, not only for fish but for supporting plant and animal life.” – Eileen Fahey, Chairperson Kilteevan Tidy Towns

Minister Naughton praised the work of Kilteevan Tidy Towns and spoke of the value of communities linking with local agencies and the local authority in developing communities. He also spoke about the importance of maintaining a clean environment in all our communities, minimising waste and enhancing biodiversity.

The Minister also visited Kilteevan National School Garden where the school children took him on a guided tour. The Minister chatted with children about the importance of upcycling, recycling, biodiversity, pollinators and Green Flags.

River Kilteevan’s Wildlife

A wildlife survey was completed before the sign was made which proved the importance of the Kilteevan river habitat for a huge range of local wildlife. Over one hundred species were identified.

Fish identified included Trout, Stickleback, Minnow, Perch, Crayfish and Eel.

Some of the birds associated with the river include Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail and the Little Grebe.

The birds and the fish take advantage of the different macroinvertebrates living in the river including freshwater snails, freshwater shrimp and mayfly nymphs.

The banks of the river are covered with many wild flowers and shrubs evident throughout the year. These include wild roses, crab apples, meadow sweet and ragged robin to name but a few.

 

Thanks:

Eileen Fahey and Kilteevan Tidy Towns wish to thank the following:

Catherine Seale, Communities and Water Officer, John Devaney and Oisín Naughton from Inland Fisheries Ireland and Niall Cribbon, National Parks and Wildlife.

Roscommon Signs and Pat Hoey for his kindness support, patience and perseverance in producing the sign.

David Featherstone and Seamus Hughes for creating the new stone seat at the slipway.

Without their support the project would not have been possible.

The Kilteevan River project was funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Acton and Environment, and Roscommon County Council under The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund. 

Who is involved?

Quite simply, everyone in Ireland has a role to play. This can be from something as simple as making sure you don’t pollute your local stream, or a local community working together to establish a Rivers Trust to enhance the rivers and lakes in their area, to a Government Department or Agency helping a Minister implement a new policy to help protect and enhance all our waterbodies.

This website has been developed and is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is a collaboration between the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office.

LAWCO

Local Authority Waters and Communities Office

The Waters and Communities Office has been established to carry out public consultation and engagement, and to coordinate the activities of all 31 local authorities in areas connected with the Water Framework Directive.

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4829 waterbodies, looking at trends and changes and determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives and measures for each.

DECLG

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

The Department is responsible for making sure that the right policies, regulations and resources are in place to implement the Water Framework Directive, and developing a River Basin Management Plan and Programme of Measures that will be implemented after public consultation, and sign off by the Minister.