Clogher and District Angling Club scoops environment award

THE Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has awarded Clogher and District Angling Club £1,000 for their inspiring environmental improvement project.

The Water Environment Community Awards, organised by NIEA, aim to help people in communities across Northern Ireland deliver projects that will enhance the quality of their local rivers, as well as inform and inspire others with their actions.

Clogher and District Angling Club will work with St. McCartan’s Primary School, Clogher and Augher Central Primary School over the next few months to investigate the signs and impact of pollution in the River Blackwater.

The children will be made aware of the absolute need for preserving our aquatic environment for the future in order for them to create a wider public awareness and understanding of the environment.

Dave Foster, NIEA’s Director of Environmental Protection said: “One of Northern Ireland’s most valuable resources is its natural water environment. It underpins our local economy as well as our health and well-being. It is important that we all appreciate and enjoy our local water environment, as well as doing our bit to help protect and improve it.

“Clogher and District Angling Club have demonstrated their commitment to protecting and improving their local water environment. I hope that their efforts over the next few months will inspire others to do their bit too and I would urge people to follow these projects and share what they see.”

Eight other groups received awards representing the nine River Basin Catchment Stakeholder Groups across Northern Ireland.

Information on the winning projects can be found at www.nidirect.gov.uk/weca.