Salmon river is protected
Published 24/05/2011 | 05:00
Farmers and landowners with river frontage in parts of Limerick and Tipperary are to receive funding for protecting one of Ireland's best salmon spawning rivers in a new €1.75m pilot project.
Farmers in the Mulkear River catchment area will receive capital supports for undertaking environmentally friendly farming to improve water quality in a four-year, European-funded programme.
The Mulkear River is considered one of the top five spawning rivers in Ireland for Atlantic salmon.
The Mulkear LIFE programme will be open to farmers on land bounding the Mulkear, Newport, Dead, Bilboa, Clare and Annagh rivers, as well as their smaller tributaries.
It is expected that a minimum of 12 pilot farms in the Mulkear catchment will be included in the programme.
Financial support will be provided to the participating farmers for fencing along river courses, the purchase of water harvesting equipment, including gravity feed products with water piping and water troughs. The installation of pasture pumps on farms, to include pumps, piping and fittings, some of which may be operated by solar power, is also covered in the scheme.
The programme is being supported by the IFA, the ICMSA and Teagasc.
Information meetings took place last week in Murroe and Rear Cross. Further meetings will take place at Oola Community Centre, Co Limerick, tomorrow and in Cappawhite Community Centre on Thursday.