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Cars Dumped on River Blackwater May Have Been Placed There to Prevent Erosion, Council Speculates

9th August 2021
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A number of old cars found dumped on the River Blackwater in Co Waterford may have been placed there to help prevent erosion of the river bank, it’s been suggested.

As the Irish Examiner reports, Waterford City & County Council confirmed that the use of end-of-life vehicles to control erosion of river embankments “was relatively common” in decades past.

It follows an anonymous tip to Fermoy newspaper The Avondhu that multiple cars spotted on the river an Irish Examiner journalist on a kayaking trip last month were in an area where such vehicles were routinely dumped “to hold the bank together”.

The practice locally was said to have dated back as far as the 1960s. Such dumping was outlawed by the Waste Management Act 1996.

The Irish Examiner has more on the story HERE.

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MacDara Conroy

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