Better Beaches Report 2018 (DAERA)
DAERA works in partnership with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful (KNIB), NI Water, community groups, local councils and other land-owners like the National Trust to manage our bathing waters and beaches through the Better Beaches Forum. This report details that the 23 EU identified bathing waters have performed well in 2018.
European Bathing Water Quality in 2017 (EEA)
Europe has a great diversity of beautiful beaches and bathing areas, and each year millions of Europeans spend their weekends at their local beach or their holidays cooling off by the water. As this year’s bathing season approaches, many citizens begin to take a keen interest in the quality of bathing waters. The European Union’s efforts to ensure clean and healthy bathing water began forty years ago with the first Bathing Water Directive. Today Europe’s bathing waters are much cleaner than forty years ago when large quantities of untreated or partially treated municipal and industrial waste water were discharged into water.
Bathing Water Quality in Ireland 2017 (EPA)
This report presents the fourth assessment of Ireland’s 142 bathing waters identified under the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 and is based on the results of monitoring covering the period 2014 to 2017. It also provides information on water quality at other locations where bathing activities occur and the water quality monitoring is undertaken by local authorities as a public health measure.
Guidance for Bathing Water Operators in Northern Ireland (NIEA)
This guidance details the responsibilities on you as a bathing water operator, by the revised European Union Bathing Water Directive and the Quality of Bathing Water Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 (The Bathing Water Regulations). The Directive and the Bathing Water Regulations place a number of responsibilities on you, These are summarised in the report.
Initial Testing & Setup
This report summarizes some of the developments of the methods / scripts needed for modelling, as well as to look at some basic data visualizations and simple linear regression methods.
Literature Review (Ongoing)
This report summarizes the literature related to regression based prediction methods of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB).
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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.