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Assaroe Restoration Campaign (ARC) Progress Report--2002 A.D.

The graph below charts the growth of interest in the campaign to restore the Falls of Assaroe on the River Erne in Co. Donegal, Ireland. Restoration will include redesign of the present tailrace and re-routing of a by-pass road that has had a devastating effect on the economy of the town of Ballyshannon. A second proposal to enhance the Erne basin and salmon habitat is also outlined on this web site. The threat to survival of the wild salmon stock is growing with each passing season. Kindly use the Internet in support of this campaign.

Graph of Progress for Assaroe Restoration Campaign

Readers in 106 countries and territories have accessed this web site which incorporates "A Home Page with an Irish Flavour". Over half a million hits have been recorded to the end of February, 2002.

The 106 countries and territories where readers have become acquainted with Assaroe, Ballyshannon, Donegal in general, its people and potential, are given in alphabetical order as follows: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Cocos Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea (South), Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, Yugoslavia, Vatican City State, Virgin Islands, Wales, Zimbabwe.

Readers have expressed their support through the medium of e-mail messages, mainly to political leaders in Ireland, and, when the Irish Government placed its own site on the World Wide Web, to the Taoiseach, the Irish Prime Minister.

In this stage of the campaign, readers are asked to strengthen their advocacy by seeking the support of others, initially of their families and friends, and of people and organizations they know are interested in the heritage, history, environment, ecology, angling, and the tourism employment aspects of the restoration of the Falls.

At a time when Ireland as a whole is showing a great awareness of the potential of the Internet, and of a need for students to acquire and use computer skills, an appeal is made directly to teachers, at all levels, to examine the Assaroe proposal and, if they find merit in it, to direct their students' attention to ARC, the Assaroe Restoration Campaign.

Group and individual e-mail messages to the Taoiseach, to other political leaders, to environmental organizations, to local, national, and international media can stimulate interest, further the campaign, and provide a practical example of how the Internet works.

From America to Australia, from Norway to New Zealand, if you are an angler, an environmentalist, a student, a teacher, a friend, please help.

You can send your e-mail(s) simply by keying in your own message.

To send an e-mail to An Taoiseach urging restoration of the Falls.

John Ward

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