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Funding Allocated For 9 Water Quality Projects in Wicklow

Local communities and groups were invited to apply for financial assistance to support the delivery of projects that enhance local water bodies and benefit water quality and biodiversity.

Since 2018, LAWPRO has made over €2.7m available through this funding scheme to local communities and groups, assisting in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive through Ireland’s River Basin Management Plan.

Types of projects approved for funding under this year’s open call include:

  • River and habitat enhancement work, such as planting of native tree species and hedgerows, pollinator friendly planting, river-bank stabilisation, fencing and installation of riparian buffer zones near water bodies (areas free of chemical and organic fertilisers, cultivation and spraying).
  • Preparation of reports: feasibility studies, habitat management plans, ecological surveys, and hydromorphology studies.
  • Awareness raising initiatives such as citizen science workshops, biodiversity information boards, outdoor classrooms, river clean-ups, rainwater harvesting, and wetlands.

Projects in Wicklow that were allocated funding are listed below.

Enniskerry Tidy Towns

Invasive Species Survey of Glencullen River.

€ 4,428.00

Laragh / Glendalough Tidy Towns

Survey and AA Screening for Invasive Species Management at Glenmacnass

€ 5,334.50

An Oige Knockree Conservation Envirnmental Group

Glencree River Freshwater and Biodiversity Survey and Community
Awareness Day.

€ 3,772.50

ReWild Wicklow

Riverbank Stabilisation and Riparian Planting Tree Nursery Expansion
€ 11,500.00

Newcastle Residents Association, sub group Newcastle Biodiversity

Continued assessment of Newcastle river.

€ 450.00

 Art Collective The Salmons Eye Eco Art Festival on The Avoca River Catchment, Ballyraine Arklow.

€ 1,000.00

Kilcoole Biodiversity Group/Keep Kilcoole Tidy

Recommended Actions arising from the LAWPRO funded Cannistown
River/Kilcoole Stream assesment and management plan.

€ 2,000.00

Greystones Tidy Towns

Greystones Catchment Assessment

€ 500.00

Arklow Town Team 

Harbour to Headwaters

€ 1,000.00

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