Donegal County Council Logo


Home > Your Council > Communications Office > Press Releases 2023 > April

18/04/2023 - Conference to celebrate cross border project’s major contribution to improving local waterways

Conference to celebrate cross border project’s major contribution to improving local waterways


A celebratory event is taking place this week to showcase the success of CatchmentCARE, a major cross-border project that has made a significant contribution to restoring water quality in three important cross-border river catchments.


The conference will take place on Thursday, 20th April at the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey, and will be a unique opportunity for attendees to learn more about the project, network with other professionals in the industry, and celebrate its collective achievements. The event will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, and interactive exhibits showcasing the various components of the project.


Funding in the amount of €13,792,435.55 was received by theEuropean Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programme’s Body, the CatchmentCARE project aimed to improve freshwater quality in the Finn, Blackwater and Arney river catchments through the development of water quality improvement projects. The project also included the installation of fifty boreholes across the region to monitor water quality and provided a platform for cross border engagement and knowledge sharing between community, governance, policy and scientific shareholders.


Speaking about the project, Con McLaughlin, Project Manager commented: "The Partnership is incredibly proud of the success of CatchmentCARE and is looking forward to sharing our experiences with others. This event is a celebration of five years’ hard work and dedication, and we hope that it will inspire others to pursue their own innovative ideas and initiatives to improve freshwater quality in their local areas."


Attendance at the event is free of charge, but registration is required. To register and for more information about the event, please visit our conference website at


CatchmentCARE Logos