NFGWS to speak at IAH – Irish Group Annual Groundwater Conference

The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) - Irish Group is holding its 41st Annual Groundwater Conference online across two half days on Monday and Tuesday 26-27th of April, with this year's theme focusing on 'Catchment Science and Management – The Role of Geoscience and Groundwater.'

NFGWS source protection officer, Patrick McCabe, will be among the speakers for the 'Managing Drinking Water with a Catchment Based Approach' session on day two of the conference.

Given agriculture's prominence within GWS zones of contribution/catchments, Patrick's presentation will explore the A Handbook of Source Protection and Mitigation Actions for Farming document which has been developed by the NFGWS with the aid of other stakeholders. The presentation will include examples of how group water schemes have implemented source protection actions at different stages of the ‘Source – Pathway – Receptor’ continuum.

There will also be discussion around the benefits of some source protection measures for other aspects of the environment (e.g. biodiversity), while recognising the importance of ensuring that such measures do not have any unintended adverse consequences.

The session will be chaired by Paul Wilson (GSNI/BGS) and also feature presentations from Lorraine Gaston (Irish Water), Gerry Baker (Arup) and Coran Kelly (Tobin). All four speakers will also be part of a Q&A session.

You can register for the free online event on the IAH – Irish Group website here, where you’ll also find full details of the 14 speaker programme.