The EIP will work to deliver a catchment sensitive approach to farming in a catchment which is “At Risk”. It will work with local farmers to support them stay farming while working to achieve good water quality.
The key EIP objectives are to:
(i) build capacity within the farming community to identify and mitigate agricultural impacts on water quality through practical on-farm measures and shared learning in catchment sensitive farming discussion groups
(ii) deliver a collaborative partnership model to enable EIP partners (LAWPRO, ASSAP, Dairygold, the two local authorities Limerick & Tipperary), using the source-pathway-receptor model, to collectively identify key water quality concerns in the catchment
(iii) collate data generated from local catchment assessments to mitigate the risk from the major sources and pathways identified while simultaneously developing baseline data for monitoring purposes
(iv) deliver a highly innovative collaborative approach to catchment sensitive farming with local farmers inputting into the co-design and development of appropriate mitigation measures;
(v) celebrate the Mulkear via a community based outreach programme based on improving local water quality, biodiversity and riparian management