Nav-Watch Aims

The aim of the Nav-Watch Group is:

To achieve clear water in the navigation to a standard required by all boaters and wildlife

  • by gathering first-hand information from boaters on the condition of the Barrow, Grand and Royal navigations
  • by sharing this information with the navigation authority, Waterways Ireland (WI), with the intention of assisting WI in planning their resources and their maintenance work
  • by categorising the information gathered and pinpointing where work is needed, so WI assign the right resources to carry out the type of work required

In addition, the Nav-Watch Group aim to:

  • lobby for increased funding for WI from the Dublin government, for the Eastern inland waterways, so they can employ enough people to carry out regular maintenance of the navigation, especially during the summer months
  • work with central and local tourism agencies in marketing and highlighting the potential of slow tourism along these waterways, especially in rural areas in Fáilte Ireland’s designated Ancient East
  • collaborate with IWAI personnel and local councils in towns and villages, to promote the potential of the waterways in their area and to plan events around and along the waterways
  • collaborate with IWAI personnel and other recreational groups, such as walkers, cyclists and campers in supporting events in the harbours, towns and villages along the Barrow, Grand and Royal navigations.
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