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Catchment Care

Catchment Care

Total Fund €13m.   Loughs Agency element €1.4m


  • Donegal County Council – Lead (Ireland)
  • Loughs Agency (N. Ireland UK and Ireland)
  • Aquatic Food and Biosciences Institute (N. Ireland UK)
  • Inland Fisheries Ireland (Ireland)
  • British Geological Survey (N. Ireland UK)
  • Geological Survey of Ireland (Ireland)
  • Ulster University (N. Ireland UK)
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (N. Ireland UK).


Catchment CARE is an EU-funded project aimed at improving freshwater quality in three cross-border river basins by 2023. It will be delivered through three water-quality improvement schemes and the development of 50 cross-border groundwater monitoring wells.

The areas targeted for the project are the Finn, Blackwater and Arney cross-border catchments. The work done will contribute to improving water quality, physical infrastructure and aquatic habitats in these three areas.

Data from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency will be used to direct the proposed work at places where it will have the highest likelihood of success.

Hydromorphology, sources of pollution, farm nutrient management and groundwater quality monitoring are among the issues the project will address. It will also carry out an economic analysis of the cost of achieving the Water Framework Directive’s objectives in the three catchments.

The project partners have a strong track record of delivering cross-border projects that protect aquatic ecosystems. These schemes include the Lough Melvin Nutrient Reduction Programme, the Blackwater TRACE Project and the NS Share Project led by Donegal County Council. The consortium members have strong working relationships, at management and operational levels, with a wide range of organisations in each jurisdiction.


Following the Government’s advice in relation to COVID-19, Loughs Agency has put in place a number of measures to maximise our capacity to continue to deliver our services as best we can.