Catchment News

River Camac Community Clean-up

| in Get involved, Water and Communities

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.

 

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 Programme

The Local Authority Waters Programme coordinates the efforts of local authorities and other public bodies in the implementation of the River Basin Management Plan, and supports local community and stakeholder involvement in managing our natural waters, for everyone’s benefit.

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4,829 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, 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.