This catchment is north of the village of Ballycanew, near Gorey in Co. Wexford. It is just over 1,100ha in area. The main farm enterprises are beef and dairying with spring barley being the main tillage crop. It is mainly representative of heavier soils used for grass-based production in the south and south-east of Ireland. About 2/3 of the catchment has poorly drained soils being on the edge of the Mackamores; as a result phosphorus is the main nutrient at risk of loss from this site through overland flow.There is also a risk of nitrogen loss through leaching on the more freely drained soils to the west of the catchment.

May 28th, 2020

Launching a New Monitoring Campaign

The new campaign will increase the number of sampling locations, what will provide a more accurate illustration in smaller sub-catchments.

February 25th, 2020

Sampling Day

Another day of pesticide sampling. Every 15 days we return here to sample the river using Chemcatcher.

November 07th, 2018

Chemcatcher Installation

Chemcatcher passive sampling devices were installed in the Ballycanew and Castledockerell catchment outlets.

October 4th, 2018

Start of Private Well Sampling

The first batch of 28 samples will be analysed for routine quality indicators as well as acid herbicides including MCPA and their breakdown products

March 15th, 2018

Baseline and Controlled Application trials of MCPA

A field site has been selected to carry out baseline and Controlled Application trials of MCPA.The Actionlab will then be monitoring its movement in the environment post-application.

June 28th, 2017

Start of project

A kick-off meeting for the WaterProtect - Irish Actionlab was held by the project partners with invited supportive stakeholders on the 28th June 2017 at Teagasc Environmental Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Wexford.

About WaterProtect -Irish Actionlab

This is a Horizon 2020 project aimed at at assessing the efficacy and uptake of mitigation measures to protect water resources from nitrate and pesticide loss in rural agricultural environment.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 727450

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