Projects approved for grant funding in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown include:
-Booterstown Marsh Nature Reserve: Puccinellia fasciculata Borrer's Saltmarsh Grass habitat survey (An Taisce Dún Laoghaire Association)
-The Big Weigh In 2022 (Flossie and The Beach Cleaners)
-Booterstown Marsh Nature Reserve: Insect Study (An Taisce Dún Laoghaire Association)
- Investigative assessment of Kill of the Grange Stream within Loughlinstown Linear Park (Loughlinstown Estate Management Committee)
Issues affecting water quality in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown are well documented, with a lot of work underway through the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO), Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and relevant agencies to address pollution and other known problems. For the next five years, this work will be guided by Ireland’s River Basin Management Plan.
Commenting on the fund, the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, T.D. said:
I welcome the announcement of the Community Water Development Fund grants 2022, which will support local communities and groups to deliver projects that enhance the quality of local streams, rivers, lakes, and coastal areas. I am pleased that my Department funds this scheme, which is a great example of community engagement and public participation. The Community Water Development Fund will continue to be a key measure in the new revised and strengthened River Basin Management Plan for Ireland, which I plan to launch later this year alongside my colleague Minister Malcolm Noonan. The Plan aims to protect Ireland’s water quality, and to ensure we have a well-protected environment and vibrant communities for future generations.