The CLEAR project

CLEAR stands for Coastal Lagoons: Ecology And Restoration. CLEAR is a three-year research project co-funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The project focuses on Lady’s Island Lake with an unused flooded gravel pit at the quarry operated by Inish Pebble Company Ltd at Inish and Ballyteige Slob as a control site. The project aims to investigate both the ecology and nutrient inputs at Lady’s Island Lake with a view to devising a detailed plan to restore water quality in the lake to good status. It is anticipated that the Lady’s Island Lake plan will serve as a blueprint for improving water quality in other coastal lagoons around Ireland. The on-going CLEAR project can be followed at www.projectclear.ie or at https://twitter.com/ClearLagoon.