Protecting Freshwater Biodiversity in the Three Trout Stream Nature Reserve - Wicklow. Ireland.
Most people have heard Earth referred to as "the water planet." With that name comes the rightful image of a world with plentiful water. In photographs taken from space, we can see that our planet has more water than land. However, of all the water on Earth, more than 99% of Earth's water is unusable by humans and many other living things - only about 0.3 percent of our fresh water is found in the surface water of lakes, rivers and swamps. Our planet is in the midst of what the United Nationsis calling a"water crisis."
844 million people lack basic drinking water access, more than 1 of every 10 people on the planet.
Women and girls spend an estimated 200 million hours hauling water every day.
The average woman in rural Africa walks 6 kilometers every day to haul 18Kgs of water.
Every day, more than 800 children under age 5 die from diarrhea attributed to poor water and sanitation, approximately 300,000 children every year.
By 2050, at least 1 in 4 people will likely live in a country affected by chronic or recurring fresh-water shortages.
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The TRUTH is : Fresh Water is vital for life on Earth. There is nothing more essential to life on Earth than water.
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Now let us see what Three Young Eco-Warriors and One small community are doing with Freshwater biodiversity in County Wicklow, Ireland
Wicklow community volunteers are fighting back to understand, monitor and bend the curve of biodiversity loss in their rivers and streams, hoping to protect their ecosystems for the next generation. This is a truly powerful and focused community effort.
Global reports from WWF and UN tell us that Biodiversity (the rich variety of life on Earth across all habitats) is in serious decline (60% declined since 1970) and that freshwater habitats are the most seriously affected (82% declined), even more under threat than our marine and terrestrial habitats.
Throughout July and August 2020, three boys from Greystones, County Wicklow interested in marine life, decided to focus on freshwater. Making the most of Covid-19 lockdown , they spontaneously decided as a trio to remove as much illegally dumped waste as they could from their local section of the Three Trout Stream.
They unearthed car batteries, household appliances and tonnes of plastic. The boys monitored the freshwater life and saw an improvement in population and activity within weeks. Following this, the boys were invited to attend ‘Starting to Protect our Three Trout Stream Biosphere’ talk with local organiser Keith Scanlon. Scanlonkeith@gmail.com
In August in Wicklow, Delgany Tidy Towns (DTT) celebrated their rich water heritage for National Heritage Week 2020 with an online seminar on Biodiversity and Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring on the Three Trout Stream (TTS).
‘Starting to Protect our Three Trout Stream Biosphere’, was an online meeting where locals attempted to reconnect with their ancient lifeline, the Three Trout Stream. Unfortunately, the live demonstration on monitoring water quality had to be postponed due to covid restrictions, but will be rescheduled at a later date. More information on this can be sought by emailing: Tidytowns@Delgany.ie
For anyone who would like to know more about the on-going work in Delgany, you can find links to three presentations below.
Please get in touch with your own local Tidy Towns committee, local council or district officers, or start up a similar project to protect freshwater Biodiversity wherever you live on Earth.
Click Here to see a deer drinking in the Three Trout Stream in May 2020.
There is more information on the Three Trout River, published by Paul in 2016? Click Here. Did you know that the Russian family Tolstoy related to Leo Tolstoy, author of 'War and Peace' (1869), settled in Delgany Ireland to escape Communism and are buried in Christ Church cemeteryDelgany?