14 March 2012
Focus on Water as Third Phase of Tellus Border Gets Underway
- Stream and Sediment Sampling Begins in Louth in March
Streams and sediments of the border region will be the focus
of attention over the next few months as the third and final phase of the EU
INTERREG IVA-funded Tellus Border Project gets underway in
With soil sampling complete and only a few months of the airborne survey remaining, the stream and sediment survey marks a significant milestone for the team of experts responsible for this highly significant geological mapping project.
A joint initiative between the Geological Survey of Ireland
and the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, the Tellus Border Project will
map the entire border region and seamlessly join the results with environmental
data already collected in
Meath-based OCAE Consultants have been appointed to conduct
the water and sediment survey, which will provide comprehensive information on
the natural chemistry of the water environment. The company’s team of
agricultural scientists, many of whom are from the border region, will start in
Ray Scanlon, Senior Geologist with the Geological Survey of Ireland said:
“This marks another significant milestone for the Tellus Border project. To date we have made great progress which is due to the co-operation of many people, not least the farmers and land-owners who have opened their land to our team, enabling them to sample across this diverse and geologically distinct region.
“We have been conducting a widespread outreach programme to raise awareness of Tellus Border as our aim is to cause minimum inconvenience. Our team carry full identification and their vehicles are branded with the Tellus Border logo so landowners can by fully assured of their authenticity.”
An extensive awareness-raising campaign, involving community groups, farming and equine organisations and other relevant parties is currently underway. Anyone requiring further detail about the project can contact the Tellus Border information line on freephone 1800 303 516 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
information contact Claire Bonner/Seona McGrath, Morrow Communications, Tel: 01
6689887, email email@example.com or see the project website www.
Notes for Editors
cross-border Tellus Border project has been funded
by the INTERREG IVA development programme of the European Regional Development
Fund, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) in
The project is a joint initiative between the
Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland
(GSNI), the Dundalk Institute of Technology and Queen’s University Belfast and
builds on the award-winning Tellus Project which has already successfully
· ‘Tellus’ was the Roman goddess of the earth, also called Terra Mater
· The aircraft being used in the survey is a white, twin propeller plane with a distinctive red tail and blue stripe, and it carries the registration number of C-GSGF.
· The plane will fly during daylight hours, seven days a week.
· OCAE Consultants Limited, agri-environmental consultancy, is conducting the soil sampling survey on behalf of the Geological Survey of Ireland.
• The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South
Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in
• The INTERREG IVA 2007-2013 Programme is worth €256 million and aims to address the economic and social problems which result from the existence of borders. It has two distinct priority measures to create co-operation for a more prosperous and sustainable cross-border region.
• For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu