The Desk Study for the Islands Demonstration Catchment in on the borders of Counties Roscommon and Galway has been published.
The Desk Study was prepared by Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) catchment scientists on behalf of the Waters of LIFE Project.
Desk Studies are the first stage in Project Action C1: Catchment Walkover Investigations.
They are the initial investigations of the catchments based on a range of available data sources.
These include OSi mapping and orthophotography, EPA status, risk assessment and pressure datasets, CORINE land cover mapping, Forest Service and Coillte data on forest activities and Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) data on Soils and geology.
These data are collated into one report detailing the current conditions within the catchments, and listing any potential pressures and threats to water quality within them.This is the fifth Desk Study published by the project.
LAWPRO has drafted a referral to Irish Water outlining the concerns above. Under Irish Water’s River Basin Management Plan Enhanced Ambition Programme, Ballymoe WWTP will be upgraded, with the upgrades due to be completed by 2025.