CORK HARBOUR WATERKEEPER
Launched in April 2018 as Cork Harbour Water Guardians, an affiliate of Waterkeeper Alliance, we quickly reached all the necessary quality standards required to obtain full Waterkeeper Alliance membership and rebranded as Cork Harbour Waterkeeper in June 2018.
Waterkeeper Alliance whos president is Robert F kenneddy jnr has its headquarters in Maiden Lane New York and has overt 300 Waterkeeper members in over 44 countries on 6 continents around the world.
With two substantial donations received from expatriates in New York, Cork Harbour Waterkeeper was able to purchase a 17-foot Shetland boat, currently used to patrol Cork Harbour and monitor the ongoing pollution in the area.
In addition, with those funds, we have Aquired a dedicated Vehicle which carries all our supplies needed for Beach Clean-ups and Water sampling equipment, the marina where the boat is docked, fuel costs, refitting of the boat with sonar and electrics, life jackets, etc. In addition, the funds have covered the set-up of our office and other various administrative costs.Also with these donations Cork Harbour Waterkeeper has aquired an IDEXX water quality sampling machine which is a European and EPA-standard water sampling machine and is the only non-profit in ireland to have one. This allows our vollenteers to sample our waterways for Ecoli and other harmful bacterias and share our findings on our free SWIMGUIDE.ORG App
Our accomplishments thus far include:
- Monthly shoreline clean-ups all over Cork harbour
- We launched a mobile app called Swim Guide, where we have selected 12 locations throughout the harbour area to collect and test the water quality for recreational activities;
- We are working with various organisations throughout Ireland and collaborating to bring awareness and develop a solution for the plastic waste issue in Ireland.
- Running a polluters hot line and social media platform to high light and bring attention locally to the people that use the water for recreation.
- Creating the first Citizen Science program which educates vollenteers in water quality etc.
We have been having great success with our education Program Sollution to Pollution to bring to local schools,Scout troops and youth Clubs in the area and recruiting kids for our Junior Water Guardians program where the kids get involved in the education presentation , create a poster for their solution to pollution , Create a cleanup at the shoreline nearest to them and finally receive a junior water guardian Certificate.
Cork Harbour waterkeeper has had great success also with their polluters Hotline where Cork people send pictuers and video of any pollution happeningh in the harbour and CHWK post them annonymously and engage in a forum of converstyaion to highlight these issues locally and report and followup with Cork County Council, Irish Water and the EPA.