Threemilewater River project gets £10k funding boost

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Major bank enhancement works are to take place along a stretch of the Threemilewater River near Monkstown, thanks to a government grant of £10,000.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan confirmed the funding package.

The money, provided by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), will be used for a bank enhancement scheme at Nelly’s Dam.

The scheme will include hard and soft bank stabilisation works to reduce bank collapse and suspended solids in the channel.

It will and include grading to provide a more natural river channel.

The work will be supported by the planting of willow and alder to improve bank stabilisation and habitat.

“It is always great to see local people getting involved to improve their local environment,” said Mr Durkan.

“These grants enable communities to use their local knowledge of rivers in their area to make a positive, targeted difference,” the minister commented.

“I commend Newtownabbey Borough Council for their great vision here. They very much deserve to be rewarded for that.

“Cleaner, healthier rivers will support tourism and benefit local communities socially,” said Mr Durkan.

“I want to build on our positive relationships with the community and voluntary sector so that we can all do our bit for

the water environment to ensure protection of our fish and wider marine life,” the Environment Minister added.