Focus on water as third phase of Tellus Border gets underway

Streams and sediments of the border region will be the focus of attention over the next few months as the third and final phase of the EU INTERREG IVA-funded Tellus Border Project gets underway in Co Louth, moving westwards towards Co Donegal over the next three months.

Streams and sediments of the border region will be the focus of attention over the next few months as the third and final phase of the EU INTERREG IVA-funded Tellus Border Project gets underway in Co Louth, moving westwards towards Co Donegal over the next three months.

With soil sampling complete and only a few months of the airborne survey remaining, the stream and sediment survey marks a significant milestone for the team of experts responsible for this highly significant geological mapping project.

A joint initiative between the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, the Tellus Border Project will map the entire border region and seamlessly join the results with environmental data already collected in Northern Ireland as part of the Tellus Project (2004-2007). Water does not stop at borders and this significant cross-border collaboration ensures a harmonised approach to the challenging task of understanding and managing the water environment in the border region.

Meath-based OCAE Consultants have been appointed to conduct the water and sediment survey, which will provide comprehensive information on the natural chemistry of the water environment.

The survey will involve the agri-scientists working in teams of two, collecting one water and one sediment sample at each site. Over the duration of the programme field teams will take up to 3,500 samples across an area of 12,000km2, seeking permission from landowners on the day of sampling.

An extensive awareness-raising campaign, involving community groups, farming and equine organisations and other relevant parties is currently underway. Anyone requiring further detail about the project can contact the Tellus Border information line on freephone 1800 303 516 or email tellusborder@gsi.ie.