EU invests €35m to improve water quality in Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle

Date published: 04 July 2019

A major cross-border project which aims to improve water quality in Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle through enhanced wastewater treatment, has officially launched in Londonderry.

Picture (L-R): Pamela Arthurs, Michael O'Leary, Sharon McMahon, Eoghan Murphy, Gina McIntyre, Denis McMahon Perm Sec DAERA, Paul Harper and Matt Service. Picture: Michael Cooper

The Waters Enhancement & Loughs Legacy (SWELL) project, has been awarded €35m under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme. It's managed by the Special EU Programmes Body which will see the construction of new wastewater treatment works as well as upgrades to sewerage networks on both sides of the border. This will help address wastewater pollution in Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle.

Adele Boyd, Senior Scientific Officer in AFBI's Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystems Branch says: "The SWELL Project will develop a Modelling Strategy that will build on work undertaken by AFBI and the Loughs Agency under the Sustainable Mariculture in Northern Irish Sea Lough Ecosystems (SMILE) Project and Enhanced Application of the SMILE Ecosystem Model to Lough Foyle (EASE) Project. The Ecosystem Model aims to link the Catchment Models with high resolution 3D Hydrodynamic Models and refine the previous work undertaken.

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