Deputy Whitmore attended a Waters of Life event in Avonmore, Co. Wicklow to discuss what environmental improvements can be made to the Avonmore catchment area over the coming years. The public meeting was organised by the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO). The group collaborates with the relevant local authority, public body, and water stakeholder to find a solution where water issues are found.
Speaking on the event, Deputy Whitmore, Climate Spokesperson for the Social Democrats, said “as a founding member of the East Wicklow Rivers Trust it was great to see so many people turn out on to this public meeting, on such an important issue such as the quality of our waters in Wicklow. The Avonmore catchment area is an incredibly important one for the local community and also our local biodiversity. It’s vital that it’s protected, and I welcome the work being carried out as part of the Waters of Life project.
“The Blue Dot rivers in Avonmore have both fallen to good status and are considered to be at risk of not meeting their objective under the River Basin Management Plan. Waters of Life project is supporting works to improve the Blue Dot Catchments Programme to restore the area for the benefit of local biodiversity, tourism and local communities dependent on the water source.
“Through my work with the East Wicklow Rivers trust it’s clear that more actions are needed to protect pristine waters. Many of these waters are small, upland streams. Attending this public meeting was a priority for me to offer support for these projects that will have a huge benefit on the area and it’s important that locals are made aware of these initiatives.
“I will continue to support the Waters of Life project as well as other projects seeking to restore and protect our vitally important natural water sources in Wicklow” concludes Whitmore.