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Longford: primary school kids learn about water and wildlife

Local kids in Longford Town learn about water quality, water bugs, and what they can do to help protect their river.

The Local Authority Waters Programme and Longford County Council supported a pilot two-day StreamScapes education project for the Camlin River, Longford Town on 26 and 27 September 2018. The StreamScapes methodology, developed by Coomhola Salmon Trust, involves short, intensive outreach activities for a river catchment involving schools and the local community. In total 48 students from St. Michael’s Boys National School and the Angling Club at St. Mel’s College participated in the project.

The workshops involved interactive discussion on water quality and biodiversity in class, followed by a short walk to the Camlin River at The Mall to investigate the bugs living in the river. The students took part in discussions with great enthusiasm and could identify many of the water bugs and make a general assessment of water quality. Afterwards students came up with some interesting ways to raise awareness on the impacts of plastics and rubbish entering rivers. The workshops were supported by Community Water Officer Karen Kennedy and Longford County Council Environment staff, and were funded under Local Agenda 21.

Karen Kennedy, LA Waters Programme

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