One of the Blackwater Catchment’s recently completed CIS projects in Armagh has come in for special thanks from the club’s Chairman.
The Armagh Anglers was funded by the CIS to carry out improvement works at Lowry’s Lake in Armagh. The work entailed providing safe access around the lake for the local community and club members; a specialised piece of equipment called a Neptune Rake was also purchased to help remove non-native Nuttalls pond weed from the lake.
The group was so pleased with the results of the project that its Chairman, Aidan Donnelly, sent a letter to the CatchmentCARE team, expressing his and the group’s thanks at the completed works. Aidan pointed out the project has meant that the group can now safely progress with efforts to enhance and improve water quality, which will have a very positive effect on the lake, angling and the local community. He also stated that the project has increased interest in the lake environment, with people increasingly using the lake for angling, walking and general recreation in relation to nature.
The club can now look forward to the care, development and advertising of Lowry’s Lake as a community asset, which will allow people to value the waterway and improve awareness around water quality. The letter also highlighted the partnership approach taken with CatchmentCARE and mentioned the plans the group have to build on the work; they are also looking into the possibility of applying for further funding using the experience they have gained on this project.
The project is an excellent example of what CatchmentCARE is about – making a difference on the ground to local communities and helping them to care for their water resources and catchments, both now and in the future.