Agriculture is the single most significant pressure impacting water quality in Ireland. In the past 15 years, a major transformation has occurred in the agriculture sector with output dramatically increasing in response to strategic targets set by the Irish government.
The Mulkear EIP offers a new approach to address these concerns by developing catchment sensitive farming practices. The overall project aim is to demonstrate that a catchment sensitive farming approach, in a catchment which is “At Risk”, can support local farmers to stay farming while bringing about catchment scale improvements in water quality. It will focus on the implementation of a locally-led collaborative partnership, with farmers centrally involved in the co-design of an innovative suite of measures to address the water quality concerns as identified in local catchment assessments.