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Christmas Fair at The Argory

Saturday 2nd December
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Air Pollution in the UK Post–Brexit – Tackling air pollution and delivering a cleaner, greener and healthier future for the UK

Tuesday 5th December
TBC, Central London
See website for details

NIEL AGM 2017 & GDPR Information Session

Wednesday 6th December
Window on Wildlife (WOW), Belfast
Free

Santa’s Magical Kingdom at The Argory

Thursday 7th December
The Argory, Moy
Adult £7 Child £15

Navigating the Future – Inland Waterways Development

Thursday 7th December
Waterfront Hall, Belfast
See flyer for details

Fermanagh Choral Society Christmas Concerts

Friday 8th December
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Yuletide Market at Rowallane

Saturday 9th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Have a go: Coppicing

Saturday 9th December
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Magical Christmas

Saturday 9th December
Castle Coole
Adult £5, Child £15

Belfast’s First Repair Café

Saturday 9th December
Farset Labs, Belfast
Free

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 10th December
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Dec out your Gingerbread Man

Saturday 16th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free, Donations Welcome

Christmas Social Event

Sunday 17th December
Members House
N/K

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”Greater care for rivers needed” 28 July 2014

Rivers very sensitive to pollution, greater care needs to be exercised: Durkan

 

Outlining the increased hazards facing our waterways and aquatic life at this time, Mark H Durkan said: “With the recent hot dry weather, river levels are very low and the resulting higher water temperatures means there is less oxygen in the water to support aquatic life.

“This week my officials from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) have responded to four fish kills. While some of these fish kills may be the result of natural causes, others (may) have been caused by pollution entering our waterways.

“All sectors of industry and the public should be aware that rivers in Northern Ireland are currently even more vulnerable to any forms of pollution and greater care needs to be exercised.”

Like terrestrial animals, fish and other aquatic organisms need oxygen to live. As the water temperature rises less oxygen is dissolved in the water. Any form of pollution, such as farm wastes, domestic sewage (treated or untreated) or industrial effluent that uses oxygen to break it down depletes the already lower levels of oxygen in the water. It causes fish and other aquatic animals to stress, in many cases resulting in their death.

The potential for fish kills and pollution hazards is not confined to rivers. In lake situations, warmer water floats on top of colder water. Oxygen consumption is greatest near the bottom of lakes where organic matter decomposes. The water at the top is too warm for fish and the water in the lower colder layer has too little oxygen which can result in fish and other aquatic animal kills in lakes.

The Minister confirmed: “As the environmental regulator, NIEA will investigate all incidents involving pollution of a watercourse or causing a fish kill with a view to prosecution.

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