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CEDaR Training Course – Lake Habitats

Friday 2nd August
Blessingbourne Estate

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Inishowen, County Donegal – Drystone Walling

Friday 9th August
Inishowen, County Donegal
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CEDaR Training Course – Invasive Species

Wednesday 21st August
Cultra Manor, UFTM

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The EU SWIM Project 18 February 2019

The EU SWIM Project is a cross–border project representing a real step–change in how bathing water quality is monitored and is currently engaging pupils in an exciting new project

 

EU-Swim

[L – R:] Grace Mulligan (principal Scoil Chriost ri Enniscrone, Enda Killoran
(Sligo County Council), Levent Gorgu (SWIM Project–UCD), Gregory O’Hare
(SWIM Project – UCD) Rosemarie Gannon (SWIM Project – UCD),
Debra Castles (SWIM Project – Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful) with pupils

The EU SWIM (System for Bathing Water Quality Monitoring) Project is developing a facility to enable bathers to check the water quality of their chosen bathing spots live before taking a dip. During the bathing water season from June 2019 the EU SWIM project will provide invaluable, real–time information on water quality for the general public on both sides of the border. The information will be made available on the website and an app and onsite beach signage. The system will also make a significant contribution towards meeting the EU’s Bathing Water Directive, and therefore help meet one of the core environmental protection objectives of the INTERREG VA Programme.

The infrastructure required for the water quality prediction has included weather stations and associated river sensors and gauges for the 9 designated SWIM beaches.  As part of the project two schools have been chosen for their proximity to Enniscrone and Waterfoot beach. The schools are hosting weather stations at Scoil Chríost Rí, Enniscrone, Co Sligo and St Patrick’s Primary School near Waterfoot beach in Glenariff, Co Antrim. This has provided an exciting opportunity for both schools to collaborate on a project to share the data coming from their SWIM weather stations and to compare and interpret their results. During recent visits the EU SWIM team had the opportunity to spend time looking at the instalments and talking to the children about how the weather station data works. The principal of St Patrick’s Primary School, Roisin McCarry, commented.

“At the minute, St. Patrick’s Primary School is the only school in this area to have a weather station. The information is very detailed for Primary School use, but we are working with our partner school, UCD, AFBI and KNIB in devising some practical worksheets to use the data in our projects on Weather and the Environment”.

Read the full press release here…