Water Quality Program within the Kerry Agribusiness Catchment Area
Kerry Agribusiness is a founding member of a national project with a unique, collaborative approach to improving water quality known as The Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Program (ASSAP). In this new approach Kerry Agribusiness water quality advisor, Terry O’Mahony works closely with the Local Authority’s Catchment Scientist team. Together they are initially focusing on 48 ‘Priority Areas for Action’ (PAA). The ASSAP program aims to work with farmers and identify any potential sources of water contamination on their farm and derive a plan of action that is achievable and realistic to solve any issues at hand.
Engagement with the community includes:
Public meetings where the Catchment Scientist team explains to member of the community why the area was chosen and gives an overview to attendees of the water quality.
A riverside talk for all farmers located within the PAA where any potential water quality issues are raised, and possible solutions discussed.
Stream side Demonstration for Farmers in the Miltown river Dingle.
Stream side Demonstration for Farmers in the Broadford catchment Co.Clare
The Catchment Scientist team walk the rivers, lakes and streams within th ePAA and establish any pressures on the quality of the water.