A major maintenance programme to address the build-up of silt and vegetation on the River Shannon is to go ahead.
The Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group is to develop a plan for a strategic maintenance programme on the River Shannon.
Maintenance works have not been carried out on the Shannon for a significant period of time and silt and vegetation has built up which impacts on the river’s conveyance capacity.
Longford/Westmeath Deputy, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, revealed, “This is a matter that I have been working on closely with Minister Sean Canney for some time and I have always argued that a regular maintenance programme is needed for the River Shannon in order to clear the build-up of silt and vegetation that is interfering with the flow of the river.”
The Shannon Flood Risk Group, which is led by the OPW, considers that maintenance works on the Shannon are essential to halt the deterioration of the river channel.
Independent Alliance Deputy Moran explained to the Leader that the Group will be addressing all of the necessary legal, environmental, technical and other considerations that arise in relation to the proposed maintenance. It intends to bring together all of the relevant stakeholders to discuss, initiate and manage the development of this programme.
Over many years, there have been calls for a maintenance programme to be put in place for the Shannon and it is now finally happening.
Deputy Moran concluded, “This is very positive news and comes on top of the decisions to trial the lowering of the lake levels in Lough Allen to help mitigate potential flood risk for this Winter and to evaluate the benefits from any short and medium term programme of localised dredging and any future piloting to remove some pinch points along the Shannon.”
Deputy Moran said that the decisions taken by Minister Canney to date clearly demonstrate the determination of all concerned in finding practical solutions that will help reduce flood risk on the Shannon to the benefit of the communities along our largest river.