Clooneigh Priority Area for Action Desktop Report

Nov 2019

LAWPRO

Agriculture was identified as the significant pressure on the Clooneigh_010 and Clooneigh_020 while
Anthropogenic pressures were identified on the Keelcurragh_010

Some intensive farms in the area

Moher Bog: large area of peat extraction

Impacts on water quality arising from peat extraction and drainage include the release of ammonium and fine-grained suspended sediments. Silt ponds serving the operational bogs are required to adhere to conditions in the Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) Licence for the protection of surface waters and groundwater. Silt ponds are required to be cleaned as a minimum twice a year, once before ditching and once before harvesting, and more frequently as inspections may dictate.

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