Upper Caragh Priority Area for Action Desktop Report


Feb 2020

High ecological status objective site, currently at Poor status and At Risk

Part of the Caragh Freshwater Pearl Mussel catchment

Important fishery for Arctic char

No water chemistry data available

Hydromorphology and agriculture were identified as the significant pressures

High risk of surface phosphate (and sediment) pathways. Corine land use and soil maps indicate pasture on peat in all three waterbodies, with the risk of ammonia loss to surface waters. Areas of land reclamation carry the risk of sediment loss to surface waters. Pathways may be both point sources (e.g. farmyards) and diffuse (e.g. slurry spreading, overland flow and land drains).

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