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Monday, September 29, 2008

Give it a Swirl Day

Some pictures featuring pupils from
Newtown School, Waterford with
Andrew Fleming from IWT HQ
removing sycamore and gorse from
Fenor Bog as part of Give it a Swirl

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

More on KRM and Green routes

This weeks newspapers deal with the ongoing plans for city development put forward by KRM.
There is an interesting outburst by Councillor Mary Roche as she calls on WCTU executive to resign over their objections to the latest KRM plans. (p20, Munster Express)...also, Appellants still standing firmly against KRM plans in latest submissions (p19, Waterford Today).

Green Route plans are not cast in can always be undone. (p9, Waterford, News and Star)...draft plans for the Quays route will be on display in Bishop's Palace from 26th September to 7th October. The full Notice for Proposed development is on B11 of the Munster Express.
The Councillors not all that keen on Green Route Plan. (The People, p13)

Tesco Tramore to become first ecostore (p17, WN and S) will be interesting to see how they will reduce the carbon footprint!

What is a Dead Zone?

Councillors vent fury at 'dead zone' report. This is the caption used in an article that appears in this weeks Munster Express and refers to Dungarvan harbour.

Marine dead zones are areas of seawater that have become depleted of oxygen. Dead Zones are a global problem mainly caused by algal blooms fed by increased nutrients entering the oceans from agricultural fertilizers and sewage.
The worrying fact is that the Barrow, Suir and Blackwater estuaries are all included. the Colligan river also makes it into the 20 dead zones in Ireland.
For more information check out the website of Friends of the Irish Environment.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Wild Cycle in Waterford City

EU Mobility Week -Wild Cycle in Waterford City Sunday, Sept 21st From 16 to 22 September 2008, European cities and towns will have the opportunity to participate in the most widespread event on sustainable mobility, the European Mobility Week. It serves as an opportunity for participating cities to show how matters related to the environment concern them. Local authorities can present their urban centres in a different light and implement key actions aimed at encouraging the use of sustainable modes of transport and raising awareness on the environmental impacts of citizens modal choice. The theme of this year s European Mobility Week is Clean Air for All in order to highlight the effect that cars, etc can have on air pollution.

To mark the event, the Irish Wildlife Trust have organised a "WILD CYCLE" around some of the interesting nature areas of the city. All are welcome to particpate in this 7 km cycle from the Peoples Park on Sunday, September 21st led by Paul from Easy Wheelin Cycle Tours and members of the IWT. The cycle will begin at the Park at 1 pm, going to River Suir at Ballinakill, around the Outer Ring Rd. cycleway to Kilbarry Bog pNHA, and back to the park - approx 1 hour in total, including stops at the wildlife areas of interest along the way. Just turn up at the Park with your bike!