Belfast, 7th December 2017: A cross-border research project for developing a system for live bathing water monitoring is launched today at a prestigious event at Titanic Belfast, including presentations from project funders, partners and a stakeholder forum. This project has been funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
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Two schools are hosting weather stations at Scoil Chríost Rí, Enniscrone, Co Sligo and St Patrick’s Primary School near Waterfoot beach in Glenariff, Co Antrim. This has provided an exciting opportunity for both schools to collaborate on a project to share the data coming from their SWIM weather stations and to compare and interpret their results.
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The EU SWIM Project presented an update at the recent Beach and Marinas Awards 2019 at the Marine Court Hotel, Bangor. The update included a preview of the EU SWIM app.
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July 2019 was an exciting time at the EU SWIM Project, as we launched our new, free app onto the market.
Click here, to read what the Belfast Telegraph had to say about it.
You can download the app via the Apple store by clicking here
Or via the Google play store here
In August, with help from local councils, the project installed 9 electronic beach signs.
Click here, to read what the Northern Ireland Environment Link had to say about it.
The 2019 UK Bathing Waters Conference was held in November, in Belfast, hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.
The conference gathered delegates from various organisations, including the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the World Health Organisation and Natural Resources Wales.
The EU SWIM Project were given the opportunity to present and discuss with delegates our latest project developments.
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Come in the water is lovely!
Go behind the scenes and meet the clean bathing water team who strive to bring you safer bathing waters . . .
Bathing water safety and quality is so important for public health and wellbeing. Public littering both at home – when unsuitable items are flushed down the toilet or put down the sink, along with littering along our coastlines, bring a huge legacy for water purity and wildlife habitats.
Added to these factors, uncertainty around weather events such as storms and flooding and climate change elements can temporarily disrupt the water quality making it unsuitable for bathing.
Luckily for all beach users out there, the €1.4m EU-funded SWIM (System for Bathing Water Quality Monitoring) Project provides specialized scientific monitoring giving near real-time information for beach users on nine designated cross–border beaches.
This behind the scenes task force combining the expertise of University College Dublin, Agri–Food & Biosciences Institute and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful are working to develop a system tirelessly to ensure designated beaches are safe for use during the bathing season.
Dr Rosemarie Gannon, the EU SWIM Project manager, based at UCD said, “At a time of a lot of uncertainty surrounding bathing water quality, at certain beaches on the island of Ireland, and the current restrictions around Covid-19 which limit the collection of compliance samples, our pilot phase research system which predicts bathing water quality is progressing well.”
More information about the project is available at swimproject.eu or via Facebook and Twitter @EUSWIMProject. A downloadable app is also available from Apple and Google Play stores.
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The fishing village of Clogherhead is located on the east coast of Ireland in the County of Louth, approximately 70km north of Dublin. The headland affords uninterrupted views of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains 30km to the north and to Lambay Island 35km to the south. The village is in close proximity to the historic town of Drogheda. The village developed around the fishing industry with the waters of Clogherhead reputed as being the best fishing waters in the country. The harbour, known as Port Oriel was built in 1885. It was extensively enlarged and re-opened in 2007.
Newcastle Beach is comprised mainly of pebbles and some sand. Newcastle Beach is linked to Murlough Beach and their combine length is approximately 2.5 kilometres in length
Ballywalter Beach is comprised mainly of sand with a rocky shoreline. The beach is approximately 0.85 kilometres in length
Ballyholme Beach is comprised mainly of sand with a typical rocky shore at each end. The beach is approximately 1.3 kilometres in length
Waterfoot Beach is comprised entirely of sand, it is backed by sand dunes which run the entire length of the beach. The beach is approximately 1 kilometre in length
Portrush (Curran Strand) is comprised entirely of sand. Portrush (Curran Strand) is linked with Whiterocks Beach and they have combined length 3 kilometres
Castlerock Beach is comprised entirely of sand and backs onto a sand dune system and a promenade area. The beach is approximately 1 kilometre in length
Lady’s Bay beach consists of a sandy beach in Lough Swilly confined by Buncrana pier to the South and a small rocky outcrop 550m to the North. Activities at Lady’s Bay beach include swimming, boating, power boating, jet skiing and other land-based activities on the beach. The designated bathing area is approx. 0.02633 km2 and the extent along the water is approximately 550m.
Enniscrone Beach is an exposed sandy beach, backed by sand dunes, caravan park and golf course. There is a short coastal walk north of Enniscrone pier. The bathing area (i.e. that which is patrolled by lifeguards) is approximately 500m in length. However the beach is approximately 4.5km in length.