River Camac Community Clean-up
On October 7th, 2017, a large community clean-up was held along the River Camac in Clondalkin to promote awareness of the biodiversity, heritage and amenity value of the River Camac. Members of Clondalkin Tidy Towns, Friends of the Camac and the Waters and Communities Office were joined for the clean-up along the banks of river and surrounding park areas by volunteers from Clondalkin Localise, Church of the Latter-day Saints, Integrated Volunteering Skills and Training Agency (IVOSTA), Clondalkin Scouts and local schools. Invaluable assistance was also provided on the day by Dublin Civil Defence.
Unfortunately, as it is often the case in urban areas, the Camac River is subject to littering, dumping and graffiti and this initiative hopes to reduce and eliminate the ongoing incidents of fly-tipping and dumping along the river corridor by promoting the amenity value of the river in the hope of further enhancing the spirit of stewardship of the river by the local community. A special thank you goes to the Clondalkin Leisure Centre & the Roma Cafe for providing hospitality to all the volunteers after the clean-up.
An educational day will also follow to further develop the sense of responsibility amongst locals to protect and develop their river. Funding for this project is through the Anti-Dumping and Anti-Graffiti Initiative Second Phase, from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. This project was also supported by South Dublin County Council.
Sinead Hurson, Community Water Officer, Local Authority Waters and Communities Office.