9.2.6 Inland Waters - Rivers, Streams and Groundwater

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​​​​​​9.2.6 Inland Waters- Rivers, Streams and Groundwater

The rivers, streams, wetlands and groundwater in County Kilkenny are home to a variety of plant and animal species, and are one of the most important biodiversity resources in the county.  The Rivers Barrow, Nore and Suir (known collectively as the “Three Sisters”) are the principal rivers flowing through County Kilkenny.  They are protected habitats under European legislation.  The rivers provide a rich landscape setting for the towns and village of the county and are the primary green infrastructure network in the county.   The economic benefits of the rivers are significant.    The development of riverside walks has enabled greater access to the waterway corridors, whilst the rivers themselves are used for water‐pursuits including angling, boating, canoeing and kayaking, and swimming.  The River Nore Heritage Audit (2009-2011) identifies and maps the built, natural and cultural heritage of the River Nore corridor in County Kilkenny (See section 8.4.1.1 River Nore for further details).  Groundwater is important for supplying water and maintaining wetlands and river flows in dry periods. 

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