Eutrophication in the Blackwater River Catchment, Ireland

Philip Jordan, Colleen Ward, Joerg Arnscheidt, Suzanne McCormick

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The Ulster Blackwater River has a cross-border catchment and is one of the major inflowing rivers of Lough Neagh. It is a traditional salmon fishery that has been impacted by channelisation and eutrophication. There is evidence linking agricultural soils as sources of acute mass phosphorus transfer to the river system during storm events and chronic phosphorus transfers from other sources compound this during non-storm periods. Management of this particular impact is being demonstrated in a project in three 5km2 sub-catchments of the Blackwater River. The aims are to define and mitigate against both acute and chronic phosphorus transfers and to focus this management within a landscape framework. This work integrates agricultural stakeholders with scientists and a tripartite organization of local jurisdictions. Keywords: eutrophication; phosphorus; catchments
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegrated Water Management
EditorsPatrick Meire, Marleen Coenen, Claudio Lombardo, Michela Robba, Roberto Sacile
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-6551-4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2008

Publication series

NameNATO Science Series: IV: Earth and Environmental Sciences
PublisherSpringer Netherlands

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