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GLOBE River Ecosystem Campaign (TY Students)

GLOBE River Ecosystem Campaign (TY Students)

The River Barrow which rises in the Slieve Bloom Mountains and meanders over 192km to the Celtic Sea is often know in Portarlington as a natural boundary between the Faithful County of Offaly and The O’Moore county of Laois.

The longest of the Three Sisters, the Barrow historically performed as a significant calanised waterway, offering industrial and commercial opportunities for the towns along its course, including Portarlington.

In recent decades its press is often of a more negative nature, as more weather events and increased rainfall can force the Barrow to breach its banks and flood the plains along the town.

In April 10 Transition Year Coláiste Íosagáin students (Alex Ryan, Daniil Baltaga, Grace Byrne, Justin Hanlon, Kayla Gannon, Kurt Sheils, Roisin Murphy, Rose Dunne, Ryan Egan, Sean McAuliffe) join forces with other students from around Ireland in carrying out citizen-science tests to identify ‘good rivers’ across the country as part of a GLOBE scientific outdoor environmental inquiry.

We carried out a visual assessment (look, listen and smell) of the river and its habitats. We recorded water temperature at 12 degrees Celsius and a pH level of 7.5, both of which are essential for maintaining a healthy ecosystem. We also measured a low to medium level of Nitrate and an unsatisfactory phosphate level both of which are absorbed and utilised by plants to grow and perform biological processes.

Our analysed results will help us develop a ‘call to action’ amongst the school community as well as put in place an action plan for water quality. Watch this space!!

GLOBE River Ecosystem Campaign (TY Students)GLOBE River Ecosystem Campaign (TY Students)GLOBE River Ecosystem Campaign (TY Students)
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Bog Road,
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