Salmon Leap Canoe Club to take part in river clean up day in Celbridge

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Salmon Leap Canoe Club to take part in river clean up day in Celbridge

Celbridge

Salmon Leap Canoe Club (SLCC) are delighted to be part of National Spring Awareness week 2019 and the local river clean up day organised by the Celbridge River Catchment Trust.

"On April 13 our members, from junior up to adult members, will come together to clean up our beautiful venue, both on the water and shoreline. We are very proud of our club and value our wonderful amenity and are very pleased to play an active role in maintaining and improving our facility," said the club.

"Salmon Leap is the premier canoe racing club in Ireland and caters from Junior level all the way up to top international racers. Most members compete in Marathon and Sprint racing, but many also compete with great success in Slalom and Wild Water Racing."

Founded in 1961 by Robin Love and Henry Nelson, Salmon Leap is situated on the banks of the River Liffey where the river flows into Leixlip Reservoir, an ideal location for canoeists to benefit from both flat and rough water river conditions.

SLCC promotes all facets of canoeing and encourages competitive canoeing: for example, members participate in Marathon Racing, Sprint Racing, Slalom and Wild Water Racing. Perhaps uniquely, the club has had members representing Ireland at each Olympic Games since 1972.

The clean up is being organised by the Celbridge River Catchment Trust supported by Derrybeg Farm. The newly established trust came into being when the founders realised that the people they generally talked to were unaware that all the tributaries to the Liffey in Celbridge, and the Liffey itself from Celbridge to the water abstraction plant in Leixlip, are EPA protected drinking water rivers/streams - and they are very heavily littered.

"Thus, we formed a Trust to inform people on their aquatic environment and also to have a large clean-up of all the streams and part of the Liffey," said a Trust spokesperson. 

The event is being backed by Waters & Communities, Salmon Leap Canoe Club, Bat Conservation Ireland, Kildare Branch of Bat Conservation, and the Kildare Branch of Bird Watch Ireland.

Anyone who wants to take part should take note of the following meet up times and locations. The details of the clean-up day of the drinking water streams in Celbridge are as follows: 

Friday, 12 April, Village Inn, back room, 7.30pm – 9pm (evening): H&S meeting, distribution of bags, litter picks, team set up, etc.
Saturday, 13 April, 9.30am onwards clean-up:
Team 1: Ballygoran road
Team 2: Crodaun to forest edge, back field of Castletown
Team 3: Backfield of Castletown to pond at the back of West Wing
Team 4: Ditch along Avenue
Team 5: Vanessa Lawns and beside Haven Hire
Team 6: Oldtown Road
Team 7: Liffey – Salmon Leap Canoe Club

If anyone has waders, please, bring to clean-up day, as well as wheelbarrows, litter picks, loppers, etc. For enquiries, contact: celbrivercatchment.trust@gmail.com