Adopting a river on the Our Rivers NI website is the chance for people to inform the NIEA about the conditions of the local river and how they would like to see it managed. This information will all feed into the Local River Basin Management Plans that are being finalised at the moment.
From recreation to business, it is the people of Northern Ireland who know the most about their local river, now is their chance to share it - it may help save the river.
Geoff Nuttall, Head of WWF Northern Ireland said, The NIEA will finalise the three River Basin Management Plans of Northern Ireland on 22nd December as part of the EU's Water Framework Directive, NIEA are then going to develop twenty-six local river plans. You can still feed your comments to NIEA to inform the drafting of these river plans through the Our Rivers NI website. This is a great chance for local people to influence government decisions, the people of Northern Ireland have such a wealth of knowledge of their local rivers and these local river plans must be informed by the people who know their rivers best."
Craig McCullough from Outdoor Concepts Ltd, a local adventure company who adopted the Upper Bann, said, "Good river quality is essential to the success of my business. From canoeing to abseiling, my clients expect the best from the Northern Ireland landscape and that includes the river's environmental status. Adopting the Upper Bann on the Our Rivers website was easy and it's a good feeling to think I can actively participate in how our rivers are managed."
John Martin, RSPB said, "Our Rivers NI is about local people sharing their ideas for solutions on their local river. A peaceful walk, a white-knuckle raft ride, a spot of bird-watching, or an afternoon's fishing for the one that got away; we all enjoy Northern Ireland's rivers differently. Vital to Northern Ireland's historical linen industry and still important to many businesses today, Northern Ireland's rivers can even be forgotten about in a concrete jungle."
John continued, "Our Rivers gives people a chance to re-engage with their local river, to play a part in planning and managing the river's destiny. I urge everyone to go online and adopt their local river, it will make a difference."
Angling farmer David Loughlin has adopted the Culmore River which runs through his land; whilst local schools such as Orritor Primary School in Cookstown has adopted the Ballinderry, whilst Faughanvale Primary School near Greysteel has adopted the Foyle. So whether you as an individual want to adopt your river, to your school, business or community group, you can all make a difference.
To adopt your local river visit www.ourriversni.org.uk.