e-Newsletter SedNet

The September-2016 edition of the SedNet eNewsletter is online:
https://sednet.org/newsletter-september-2016/

Contents: 

  • SedNet (up) to date
  • New SedNet Steering Group members
  • 10th SedNet Conference 14-17 June 2017
    with free pre-conference sessions by several European projects on 13 June 2017
  • In Memoriam Remi Laane (1949-2016)
  • 2nd International Conference on Deriving Environmental Quality Standards for the Protection of Aquatic Ecosystems
  • West African coast struggling with coastal erosion
  • Sand tracking study for Mississippi Gulf Coast Beach Management
  • Sustainable Port Management Delfzijl
  • Seaport of Emden, Germany, reducing dredging costs by 90%
  • Upcoming events

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Newsletter – May 2016

Website: www.SedNet.org
Compiled by: Marjan Euser (marjan.euser@deltares.nl)
Subscription Service: SedNet Secretariat (marjan.euser@deltares.nl)
Disclaimer: SedNet is not responsible for faults due to incorrectness of info in this newsletter
Previous issues: www.sednet.org/newsletter

 

Contents

  • Sediments in WFD Reporting 2016
  • CEAMaS final conference 2015
  • Sediment National Days
  • Workshop on the reuse of (contaminated) sediments
  • Abiotic flows (such as sediment related) should be inherent part of ecosystem services classification
  • INSPIRATION – developing a Strategic Research Agenda
  • CEDA series of webinars on Dredging Technology
  • CEDA questionnaire on turbidity limits
  • Upcoming events

 

Sediments in WFD Reporting 2016

Sediments are an integral part of the ecosystem and can have an impact on both ecological and chemical status of surface water bodies.  Despite the sediment management is not addressed in the Water Framework Directive (WFD) as a specific issue, the Directive refers to a need of environmental quality standards for priority substances in sediments and to the necessity of undisturbed sediment transport for achieving high status of surface water bodies. In general, quality and quantity of sediments play a significant role in achieving WFD environmental objectives and, therefore, reporting on various aspects of sediment management has to be included in a river basin management plan.

WFD Reporting Guidance 2016 provides EU Member States with guidance on how the various aspects of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) should be reported to the European Commission. The following text provides a brief overview of reporting requirements on sediments as described in the WFD Reporting Guidance 2016.

Role of sediments in the assessment of the chemical and ecological status

Reporting of the second River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) in 2016 brings a new element into play due to legislation which was not fully in force at the time the first RBMPs were adopted. The Environmental Quality Standards Directive 2008/105/EC (EQS Directive), as adopted in 2008, will be fully in force for the second RBMPs. Some Member States did not implement the Directive in the first RBMPs given the fact that transposition deadline was in July 2010, after the adoption of the RBMPs. A number of elements of the EQS Directive which were not reported in 2010 are relevant for the second RBMPs and these include trend monitoring in sediment and/or biota of Priority Substances.

‘Good surface water chemical status’ means the chemical status required to meet the Environmental Objectives for surface waters established in Article 4(1)(a) of the WFD, that is the chemical status achieved by a body of surface water in which concentrations of pollutants do not exceed the environmental quality standards (EQS). Decision 2455/2001/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2001 established the list of Priority Substances in the field of water policy. The Decision identified the substances for which EQS were to be set at Community level which was implemented by means of Directive 2008/105/EC (the EQS Directive (EQSD)). Eight other pollutants that were regulated by Directive 76/464/EEC were also incorporated into the assessment of chemical status. The EQSD includes a number of other obligations relating to Priority Substances, among which is the trend monitoring of certain Priority Substances in sediment or biota (Article 3(3) EQSD).

Directive 2013/39/EU, amending the WFD and EQSD as regards Priority Substances, was adopted on 12 August 2013. The revised EQSs for existing Priority Substances should be taken into account for the first time in RBMPs covering the period 2015 to 2021. The newly identified Priority Substances and their EQSs should be taken into account in the establishment of supplementary monitoring programmes and in preliminary Programmes of Measures to be reported by Member States by the end of 2018. With the aim of achieving good surface water chemical status, the revised EQSs for existing Priority Substances should be met by the end of 2021 and the EQSs for newly identified Priority Substances by the end of 2027.

WFD Reporting Guidance 2016 asks the Member States to report the matrix in which each chemical substance is monitored and this includes sediment, suspended sediment and settled sediment. Moreover, the RBMPs or background documents should include information about how are Priority Substances monitored in sediments and/or biota to assess long-term trends of Priority Substances. Article 3.3 of Directive 2008/105/EC (Article 3.6 in the current version as amended by Directive 2013/39/EU) states that ‘Member States shall determine the frequency of monitoring in sediment and/or biota so as to provide sufficient data for a reliable long-term trend analysis. As a guideline, monitoring should take place every three years, unless technical knowledge and expert judgment justify another interval.’  WFD Reporting Guidance 2016 also asks that if arrangements are in place for the long-term trend analysis of concentrations of those Priority Substances listed in Part A of Annex I of the EQS Directive 2008/105/EC that tend to accumulate in sediment and/or biota (Article 3(3) EQSD), references or hyperlinks to technical documents must be provided by Member State where further specific information can be found.

In addition to Priority Substances also River Basin Specific Pollutants have to be monitored in surface water bodies. In case a River Basin Specific Pollutant exceeds its good-moderate EQS it would cause a failure to achieve good ecological status/potential in the respective surface water body. Similarly as for Priority Substances also for the  River Basin Specific Pollutants the WFD Reporting Guidance 2016 asks if these substances are monitored in sediment, suspended sediment and settled sediment.

Focus on sediments in WFD Programme of Measures

The WFD requires that, within each RBD, a Programme of Measures (PoM) is established to address the significant issues identified and to allow the achievement of the WFD environmental objectives. The Directive further specifies that the PoM shall include as a minimum ‘basic measures’ and, where necessary to achieve objectives, ‘supplementary measures’. Basic measures among others  comprise measures to prevent or control inputs of diffuse pollutants. These measures include also controls or binding requirements at farm level to address soil erosion and pollution of water bodies with sediment (Article 11 (3h)).

The concept of Key Types of Measures (KTMs) was developed in 2012 to simplify reporting. KTMs are groups of measures identified by Member States in the PoMs which target the same pressure or purpose. The 25 predefined KTMs include two measures addressing sediments: KTM4 Remediation of contaminated sites (historical pollution including sediments, groundwater, soil) and KTM17 Measures to reduce sediment from soil erosion and surface run-off. The member States are obliged to report on application of these sediment-related KTMs.

Sediment management in International RBMPs

The WFD requires co-ordination of the Programmes of Measures in transboundary River Basin Districts and the European Commission will assess whether sufficient co-ordination has taken place in transboundary RBDs. WFD Reporting Guidance 2016 asks if the international RBMP address sediment management.

by Igor Liska, ICPDR

 

CEAMaS final conference 2015

The final conference of the project North-Western Interreg IVB CEAMaS took place on 17 September 2015 in Brussels at BBRI Buildings. This conference was organized by the cd2e (leader of the project) and the 7 partners of the 4 countries having taken part in this project. More than 60 experts and stakeholders concerned by harbor’s dredged sediment management attended this event during which shared outcomes and results on the technical, social, economic and global environmental impact issues were presented. The results obtained through the 5 work packages of the project have made it possible to have a transnational vision on the reuse of harbor’s dredged sediment in civil engineering applications. Tools and studies developed during the project are available on the CEAMaS website. How to continue to share? how to continue innovative approaches? The answer to these questions were given by the perspective to develop a European resource center for circular economy with sediment reuse. This initiative was shared by the majority of the partners and led to the signature of common understanding agreement.
More information…

by Samira Brakni, cd2e

 

Sediment National Days

The resource center SEDILAB by cd2e organized on 19 and 20 November 2015 for the first time outside the French Nord-Pas-de-Calais region the Sediment National Days (SND). This event was organized in partnership with GEODE (group study and observation on dredging and environment) and BRGM in Brittany (Nantes) and has succeeded to bring together actors (more than a hundred participants) involved and interested in dredged sediment issues in the Atlantic seaboard. The purpose of the opening towards another region is to share the experiment of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Area concerning the reuse of dredged sediment and to duplicate at the national scale the “Sédimatériaux” approach. An experiment which relates to the methodologies and results achieved through the national approach “Sédimatériaux” and the Interreg projects such as CEAMaS, PRISMA and GetSed…Two subjects were discussed during these days:  responsible practices for on the ground sediment reuse and the dumping of the dredged sediment in marine and estuarien environment during the GEODE forum.
More information…

by Samira Brakni, cd2e

 

Workshop on the reuse of (contaminated) sediments

During the SedNet conference in Krakow (23-26 September 2015) a workshop was organised on the Reuse of (Contaminated) Sediments. The platform was to share each other’s experiences with sediment reuse projects in Europe and the USA. Therefore most of the time was given to the floor to present projects, and how they came to pass. The results can be found at: https://sednet.org/events/sednet-conference-2015/sednet-conference-2015-presentations (10. Workshop on the Reuse of (Contaminated) Sediments). The unified premise was to get behind the notion that sediments should be viewed as a resource and not a waste, and find solutions with other waste streams in which sediments are part of the solution.

As an example, the Lift up of Lowlands project evaluated the potential of using dredged sediments to reverse the process of land subsidence in polder areas. For that, lab-, meso- and field-scale experiments were performed and it was concluded that most subsidence of organic dredged sediments was due to shrinkage and not organic matter mineralization.

Another example of a new application which was implemented after the SedNet meeting in Krakow is the design of a steel slag dike to prevent slope instability on a sediment storage site.

Photo article A. Wijdeveld - Newsletter May 2016

Photo: Slope instability at a sand quarry

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Figure: Impression of a redesign of the sediment storage site, using a steel slag dike (in blue) to prevent slope instability.  

The sediment needs to be kept in place, but also the sediment prevents leaching of metals from the steel slag dike towards the ground- and surface water. A series of tests were carried out to look at the chemical and physical behavior of both the steel slags and sediments when building a dike with a height of almost 10 meters on top of a sediment layer, on a slope of 1:4.

The feasibility evaluation gave a positive outcome; the construction of the dike is possible if done carefully and taking into account a limited downward slip. The design and construction of the dike has been put on the market in April 2016, using the knowledge gained from the tests and model calculations.

A second example was less successful. In February there was a call for an EU program called BONUS. The objective was meeting the multifaceted challenges in linking the Baltic Sea with its coast and catchment, and specifically using Eco-technological approaches to achieve good ecological status in the Baltic Sea. We drafted a proposal with four of the companies present during the SedNet workshop and invited additional partners from the Baltic Sea region. Regrettably, the co-founding of the proposal could not be arranged within the deadline of the call.

The latest opportunity we see is the new INTERREG call for the region North-West Europe (NWE), opening the 18th of April 2016 and closing the 27th of May 20216. The INTERREG perspective focuses on stakeholder involvement and participation. The CEAMaS project ended with a well-equipped toolbox but with a limited pathway to implement this toolbox. The new proposal focuses on using the toolbox within projects and pilots already going on with regard to sediment reuse. An important part of the proposal is also the concept of looking at sediments from a circular economy perspective. This includes the option of using sediments as a solution to facilitate the reuse of other secondary resources, as was the case for the steel slag dike.

While not all participants of the workshop are involved in these three initiatives, there are many more opportunities to look at sediment as a resource.  Please send your examples to Sednet (Marjan.Euser@deltares.nl)  and  we hope to be able to organize a new workshop with more examples during the next Sednet conference in 2017.

by Arjan Wijdeveld (Deltares), Bruna Oliveira (WUR), Eric A. Stern (Environmental Adaptive Strategies), Tristan Debuigne (cd2e)

 

Abiotic flows (such as sediment related) should be inherent part of ecosystem services classification

A paper on abiotic flows has been published last month (April 2016) in the journal Ecosystem Services.

Highlights:

  • Abiotic flows are neglected or addressed inconsistently in ecosystem services (ES) classifications.
  • Theoretical and practical arguments are provided to include them.
  • This supports consistency and optimizes the integration power of the ES concept.

The paper also presents three cases to illustrate the importance to society of abiotic flows and their management. The examples demonstrate that especially sediment resources and dynamics play a key role in the provision of abiotic flows of ecosystems.

The article is free accessible online until May 24, 2016: http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Spph7szSIn9gR

by Jos Brils, Deltares

 

INSPIRATION – developing a Strategic Research Agenda

INSPIRATION is a coordination and support action funded by the European Commission in order to develop a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for Europe on soil, land use and land management.

Funded by the European Horizon2020 programme, INSPIRATION aims at establishing a funder and end-user demand-driven Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for land use, land-use changes and soil management in Europe. With more than 20 partners from 17 countries, its objectives are to (1) formulate, consult on and revise an end-user oriented SRA; (2) scope out models of implementing this SRA; and (3) prepare a network of public and private funding institutions willing to commonly fund the execution of the SRA. The mission of the project is to improve the supply and effectiveness of science/knowledge take-up by those who really need it in order to address national and European societal challenges related to land management and the soil, sediment, water system. In this endeavour. For that a systematic bottom-up and stakeholder engagement approach is applied. Learn more about INSPIRATION:
INSPIRATION website

 

CEDA series of webinars on Dredging Technology

CEDA is running a series of webinars on dredging technology this year – with a focus on the Cutter Suction Dredge and the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge.

The series will offer delegates training, at two different levels, depending on their working knowledge and experience. Foundation level webinars will provide a sound basis on topics for professionals working in the dredging field, who don’t have the basic grounding in the subject, and who may have only a limited experience working with dredging equipment and technology. The practitioner level webinars will serve the more experienced engineers who have been through formal training in the field and have experience with dredging equipment and technology. These  events will provide in-depth knowledge on specific aspects of each topic.

The webinars are free and are open to everyone i.e. also to non- members of CEDA.

More info on: CEDA webinars

 

CEDA questionnaire on turbidity limits

Increasing environmental scrutiny for dredging projects has introduced threshold limits for turbidity generating activities (incl. dredging and dredged sediment placement). The setup, basis, monitoring and management of ‘turbidity limits’ is widespread, but very disperse.

Therefore, the CEDA Environment Commission (CEC) developed a questionnaire to record, inform guidance and best practice in setting and working with turbidity limits.

CEDA members and other stakeholders, whether regulator, project owner, contractor, or consultant, are invited to complete the questionnaire and give an insight to the challenges faced around turbidity limits. Your responses will be used to develop an information paper which all respondents will have access to. The questionnaire consists of four parts: • Part 1 – establishes project type and conditions • Part 2 – investigates how turbidity limits were set for the project • Part 3 – deals with monitoring effort and set up for the project • Part 4 – covers responses and excedance procedures/efforts You can fill in the questionnaire online by clicking the link http://goo.gl/forms/UaeHBF9cfK or download the hard copy here and send the completed and scanned pages to csiti@dredging.org

Please only cover one project per questionnaire when responding.

The project information will be treated confidential and will only be used in a statistical manner for the information paper without disclosure of the source.

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact the CEDA Secretariat: ceda@dredging.org

 

Upcoming events

22-26 May 2016: 26th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in Nantes, France. On the program a session “Toxicity Testing in Sediments – Bioassays As Link Between Chemistry and Complex Benthic Community Testing for Sediment Quality Assessment”  (chairs: Sebastian Höss, Ute Feiler) under the main topic:  ET-Aquatic and terrestrial ecotoxicology). For info on abstract submission see: http://nantes.setac.eu/

1-4 June 2016: INBO, Merida, Yucatan (Mexico). 10th World General Assembly of the International Network of Basin Organizations.
http://www.inbo-news.org

1-4 June 2016: WECC-2016 International Conference on Water, Energy & Climate Change, Marrakech, Morocco. Organised by the National Center for Studies and Research on Water and Energy (CNEREE) of Cadi Ayyad University.
http://wecc.uca.ma

15 June 2016: Using Sediment As a Resource, inaugural conference of this Interreg project in Lille, France.
For more information please contact one of the project partners. Contact persons USAR

10-13 July 2016: 5th International Symposium on Sediment Management I2SM, Montreal, Canada. http://www.i2sm.ca/

4-7 September 2016: ECSA 56 symposium – Coastal systems in transition – Bremen, Germany
You are invited to propose and convene special organized sessions.
www.estuarinecoastalconference.com

12-14 September 2016: 19th International Riversymposium, New Delhi, India.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 May 2016.
Riversymposium

14-15 September 2016: 2nd European Dredging Summit, Hamburg, Germany.
Details on European Dredging Summit

15-16 September 2016: Embracing Estuaries – Management of Natura 2000-Sites in Estuaries and Sea Ports, Hamburg, Germany. Organised by Stiftung Lebensraum Elbe in cooperation with the German Behörde für Umwelt und Energie. http://www.stiftung-lebensraum-elbe.de/eu-workshop.html

19-22 September 2016: 13th International Symposium on River Sedimentation, Stuttgart, Germany.
Held triennially since 1980; organised under the auspices of the International Research & Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation (IRTCES). www.isrs2016.de

 19-23 September 2016: Ecosystem Services Conference 2016 EU – Helping nature to help us, Antwerp, Belgium.
This conference will be the biggest European event in 2016 that links science, policy and practice on ecosystem services and natural capital, with a strong focus on practice and implementation. The conference will include nearly 70 sessions.
Call for abstracts: The online abstract submission system will be open from 1 April to 15 May 2016.
Further there is a Call for stands and a Call for sponsors.
www.esconference2016.eu

 26-27 September 2016: 5th International Conference on Natural Channel Systems, Ontario, Canada.
Themes: current science and understanding, applied river management and rehabilitation, governance, asset management and education.
For more info see www.naturalchannels.ca

27-28 September 2016: the 9th Rostock dredged material seminar will be held prospectively on 27 to 28 September 2016, Rostock, Germany. Documents about the previous seminar can be found at www2.auf.uni-rostock.de/ll/baggergut/bg_orga.html

3-5 October 2016: 5th PiE Conference, Budapest, Hungary.
Particle in Europe, or PiE, is a bi-annual conference on the measurement, monitoring, and managing of in situ particle size and sediment concentration in the aquatic environment. The meeting is sponsored by Sequoia and the University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, Hungary.
Abstracts are due 30 June 2016.
More info on PiE-2016 Conference

October 2016: International Magdeburger Seminar on River Protection, to be held in in the city of Dresden, Germany. Main topics will be urban waters and its management. www.ikse-mkol.org

 

2017

27-28 March 2017: Navigating a Changing Climate, Brussels, Belgium.
An international conference exploring the implications of climate change for waterborne transport infrastructure.
See pre-announcement on Newsletter Think Climate

7-11 May 2017: SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting, Brussels, Belgium.
Event of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
Info on SETAC Europe 2017

 

 

 

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REFORM (REstoring rivers FOR effective catchment Management)

The final results of the FP7 project REFORM (REstoring rivers FOR effective catchment Management) are all available online. The project team sincerely hope that the results will contribute to conserve and restore rivers, streams, riparian zones and floodplains worldwide. The project ended October 2015.

REFORM has generated substantial outputs to support the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive:
over 30 deliverables and 60 scientific publications (see http://www.reformrivers.eu/, Menu item RESULTS). For application in river management, relevant results are summarised user-friendly in the REFORM wiki. Furthermore, the outcomes of REFORM have been discussed and disseminated through stakeholder workshops, an international scientific conference, a summer school, numerous presentations, newsletters, policy briefs and discussion papers.

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Newsletter – November 2012

Website: www.sednet.org
Compiled by: Marjan Euser (marjan.euser@deltares.nl)
Subscription Service: SedNet Secretariat (marjan.euser@deltares.nl)
Disclaimer: SedNet is not responsible for faults due to incorrectness of info in this newsletter.
Previous issues: www.sednet.org/newsletter

CONTENTS

8th International SedNet conference: Lisbon, Portugal, 6-9 November 2013
New chairman SedNet
Sediment management course highly valued in the Sava river basin
SedNet short course at COASTEXPO 2012
SedNet Symposium “Understanding sediment processes at catchment scale”, Koblenz, Germany, June 2013
Estuarine Coastal Sciences Association hosted special session at SedNet 2013 Portugal “Changing Hydrodynamics of Estuaries and Tidal River Systems”
9th Flemish Water forum: ‘Sediment, the hidden link in water policy’
Blueprint to safeguard EU-waters has been approved
Commission Presents New Guidelines for Inland Navigation and Natura 2000, with relation to maintenance dredging
Portuguese Marine Strategy addresses sediment contamination
ARCH: Architecture and roadmap to manage multiple pressures on lagoons
New Research Projects in the UK
Long-term suspended sediment data collection
Review on the International Magdeburger Seminar on River Protection, held on 10-11 October 2012, Hamburg, Germany
Sustainable Management of Contaminated Sediments (SMOCS)
From the UNESCO-ISI Newsletter
SEDI.PORT.SIL final meeting on 10-11 December 2012, Ravenna, Italy
Soil Erosion Discussion List
Upcoming events

8th International SedNet conference
Lisbon, Portugal, 6-9 November 2013

Date and venue have been set for the next SedNet conference, so please mark your diary!
The conference program will include the following topics:
Sediment and ecosystems, quantity and quality issues, estuarine and coastal dynamics, sustainable dredged material management.
A Call for Abstracts is under construction and will be disseminated later this year.

New chairman SedNet

Axel Netzband (left) and Marc Eisma

Since 2005 Axel Netzband of the Hamburg Port Authority has been chairman of SedNet.
Early 2012 Axel decided to withdraw as chairman in order to give room to a new candidate. At the Steering Group meeting in September 2012 Marc Eisma of the Port of Rotterdam Authority was elected as Axel’s successor. Also a vice-chair was elected: Christophe Mouvet of BRGM, France.

At the Steering Group meeting Axel was thanked for the excellent work he has done all these years for SedNet. Axel received a “Best SedNet Chairman Award” from the Steering Group.
Axel will stay on as regular Steering Group member.

The Steering Group congratulated Marc Eisma and Christophe Mouvet in their new role and wished them success with the management of our network.

Sediment management course highly valued in the Sava river basin

The “practical training course on sustainable sediment management with the Sava river basin as showcase” was held 15-18 October 2012 in Zagreb, Croatia. It was organized in close cooperation by the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC), UNESCO Venice Office, UNESCO IHP International Sediment Initiative (ISI) and SedNet. The participants valuated the course in general as ‘very good’. They gave the same rate for the aspect ‘usefulness’.

The course (photo: Samo Grošelj)

A nice summary remark of one of the participants: “It really is and will be a “showcase” for other international planning. The planning will certainly make the case for the importance of understanding the dynamics and functions of sediments.”

This was the first part of the course. This part focused on how to achieve a sediment balance and on monitoring and assessment of the quantity and quality of sediments in the Sava.

Eroding Sava riverbanks: one of the sediment management issues (photo: Jos Brils

Top experts from Europe and the United States of America addressed the theory on these topics. The national experts from the four Sava countries – Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia – subsequently presented the status of their own countries for these topics. Thereafter, the course participants were assisted by a professional moderator in connecting ‘theory’ to ‘practice’. The course participants were twenty local experts (policy makers, agencies and scientists) from the Sava river basin. It is the intention that they will get involved in the drafting of the sustainable sediment management plan for the Sava river basin. The four Sava countries committed themselves to get to such a plan.

The main outcomes of the course:
The participants – for several of them it was the first time they met – now share a common understanding on the key sediment management issues for the Sava;
These issues are: too much, too little or too dirty sediment, now or in the future. This is, or can be, caused by further improvement of the navigability of the Sava, soil erosion, pollution (agriculture and industrial) and existing and planned dams;
Based on a thorough brainstorming during the practical part of the course, the participants are expected to achieve the final course objectives by drafting the guidance and the implementation programme for the development of the Sava sediment management plan, as well as identifying the projects needed to develop different modules of the Sava sediment management plan;
The secretariat of the ISRBC will propose to the Commissioners to endorse the formation of an ISRBC expert group to deal with sediment management. That group will then guide the further drafting of the sediment management plan.

We are now even more motivated to prepare part 2 of the course, in which we will address measures and governance aspects. Once we succeeded in securing the funds for part 2 of the course, and also successful conclusion of that part, it is the intention of UNESCO to promote and offer the course globally and thus to contribute to a more sustainable management of sediment in any river basin that is willing to face this challenge.

Part 1 of the course was made possible by the in kind cooperation and/or sponsorship of several institutions that we greatly want to acknowledge: UNESCO Venice Office, UNESCO Germany IHP National committee, UNESCO IHP ISI, ISRBC, BRGM, HAW, VMM, Deltares and SedNet. All presentations given during the course are available at the ISRBC website (http://www.savacommission.org/event_detail/8/22/273) as well as at the SedNet and ISI websites.

For more information you may contact the course leader:
Jos Brils (jos.brils@deltares.nl).

SedNet short course at COASTEXPO 2012

On September 20, 2012 SedNet organised, following the invitation of the Scientific Committee, a Short Course on Sediment Management at COASTEXPO 2012. COASTEXPO is a Conference and Exhibition held annually in Ferrara (Italy), focused on Coastal Zone Management issues. Title of the course was: “Lessons learned from success Case Studies of sediment management in Europe”. The course was organised and coordinated by Andrea Barbanti, member of SedNet SG, while the 2 case studies were presented by Bruno Lemiere – BRGM (Inland waterways sediment management in Northern France and Walloon Belgium) and Jos Brils – Deltares / SedNet SG (Sustainable sediment management in the Scheldt-Meuse-Rhine delta).

Aim of the course was to give the opportunity to sediment-related problem owners (or expected problem solvers) to get in contact with significant and state-of-the-art experiences on sediment management and share best practices. The interactive (and informal) format of the course offered the opportunity to the participants: i) to explore in details the ingredients of a success Case Study (not only a matter of technicalities); ii) to reflect in the Case Studies their own experiences and open issues; iii) to interact and share experiences with other participants.

Topics addressed have been:
Technical and scientific aspects (site assessment, parameters and quality standards, decision frameworks, systemic approach, conditions for reuse/disposal, treatment types, tools, monitoring, sustainability analysis,…)
Legislation and protocols: principles and main practical consequences / practices
Administrative: institutional framework, decision making, procedures, permits
Economics: costs of measures, financing, incentives, private-public initiatives.

About 30 people – mostly from Italy – with different backgrounds and interests (Central/Local Administrations, Port Authorities, Environmental Agencies, Universities and Research, Operators and Consultants) attended the course. The course was highly appreciated by the attendants and they participated lively in the discussions.
Presentations are available at the Conference website.

SedNet Symposium “Understanding sediment processes at catchment scale”, Koblenz, Germany, June 2013

SedNet is organising a one day symposium at the 6th IAHS International Conference on Water Resources and Environmental Research: Water and Environmental Dynamics , which will run from 3-7 June 2013 in Koblenz, Germany. The SedNet symposium is on Understanding sediment processes at catchment scale and is convened by Peter Heininger (Federal Institute of Hydrology, Germany), Sue White (Cranfield, UK) and Ivana Teodorovich (University of Novi Sad, Serbia).

Session abstract: Sediment as an essential condition for the hydrological, geomorphological and ecological functioning of river basins, as a pollutant in its own right, and as a vector for other associated contaminants, crosses many traditional management sectors, and is subject to many sets of legislation or regulation. There are often multiple sources of sediment affecting multiple management objectives in locations throughout river basins, and the transfer pathways between source and impact are often long and complex. Mobilisation and movement of sediment is often associated with high energy, high flow events, and few monitoring programmes adequately address this part of the flow range. Climate change predictions are for such events to become both larger and more frequent, and the resultant shift in flow distributions will mean that rivers will remobilise, releasing both sediment and legacy contaminants from floodplains and river banks and bed. Changing physical and chemical conditions may also mean that sediment-bound contaminants will behave differently in future.

Meanwhile, the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) requires us to manage our water environment at catchment scale. This is perhaps more complex for sediment than for other contaminants because of the episodic nature of sediment transfer, long storage times within the system and the wide range of associated contaminants. However, for many river basins in Europe sediment and/or associated contaminants form one of the major barriers to meeting WFD requirements. Therefore there is an urgent need to develop approaches based on process understanding for sediment management at catchment scale.

This session will welcome papers on catchment scale management approaches, improved process understanding and implications of a changing environment on sediment management at the river basin scale.

December 16th is the deadline for abstracts – so please start planning your paper now! Further details about the conference can be found at:
www.water-environment.org.

Estuarine Coastal Sciences Association hosted special session at SedNet 2013 Portugal “Changing Hydrodynamics of Estuaries and Tidal River Systems”

The Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association, ECSA, will be hosting a special session at next year’s SedNet conference in Portugal. The session will be presented by 3 keynote speakers from ECSA with expertise in estuarine hydrodynamics, contaminant processes and ecology. They will outline current knowledge and tools for understanding and predicting changing hydrodynamics in estuarine systems and explore the implications this may have for the fate of contaminants and nutrients and the ecological status of estuaries. The presentations will be followed by a discussion of the gaps in scientific and technical knowledge and the short- to medium-term consequences for management.

The presentations will focus on the interactions between tidal and fluvial hydrodynamics in estuarine and tidal freshwater rivers and their influence on chemical and biological processes over various timescales. The speakers will explore the responses to, and consequences of, human interventions, such as tidal barrages, weirs, restoration and flood management/storage schemes, and to predicted changes in the frequency and magnitude of coastal storm surges, river discharge and sea level rise. Natural and human-induced changes to estuarine hydrodynamics and geomorphology will affect the transport of sediment (mud, silt and sand), including the redistribution of contaminated bed sediment. Similarly, the transport of suspended sediment from catchment to coast is fundamental to the ability of estuaries to ‘filter’ contaminants, consequently any modification of physicochemical gradients occurring across the saltwater:freshwater interface will influence the fate of contaminants. All these factors may have wide ranging implications for water and sediment quality, biogeochemical cycling (e.g nutrients and contaminants), and ultimately the ecological status of estuaries and their tidal reaches.

The Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association is an international organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of multidisciplinary research into all aspects of estuaries and coasts, and the application of science and technology for their sustainable environmental management. ECSA’s activities, interests and membership extend throughout Europe and to many other regions around the world. The Association has been involved in the organization of nearly 50 conferences to date, with future events planned for China, SE Asia and Brazil. The Association also supports local meetings concerning regional estuaries or coastal areas, and arranges scientific workshops. ECSA has an associated international journal Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science and also supports the production of a variety of other scientific publications including a Bulletin for members, with two issues each year.

Please visit ECSA’s website for details of publications, forthcoming events and membership.

9th Flemish Water forum: ‘Sediment, the hidden link in water policy’

The Coordination Commission Integrated Water Management in Flanders organized their 9th water forum on June 1st, 2012. The central theme of this forum was sediment as the hidden link in water policy, to emphasize the added value of a joined and integrated sediment management. The forum was opened by Jos Brils who presented the vision of SedNet regarding the need to change sediment management from a waste oriented perspective into an integrated management approach on a basin scale tackling the challenges we are facing today and tomorrow with regard to integrated water management. Subsequently six themes were addressed namely: ‘reduction of sediment inflow’, ‘ room for sediment’, ‘ creative and efficient dredging’, ‘monitoring and modeling’, ‘solving the problem of contaminated sediments’ and ‘treatment and reuse of sediments’. The scope of each theme as part of the hidden link within integrated water policy and management was presented followed by some examples from the field.
170 people, representing policy makers, water managers, research institutes, universities, consultancies and ngo’s attended the forum. There was a general consensus that the development of a good sediment balance, an improved understanding of the link between sediment, water quality and ecosystem services, and good communication with regard to these issues is essential to get support for taking measures to enhance sustainable sediment management and to improve the status of our water bodies. All stakeholders confirmed to focus also on sustainable sediment management when making up the second generation of river basin management plans. Finally everyone showed also engagement to work on a positive perspective for sediment related issues in Flanders.
The presentations (in Dutch) and an animation movie can be found on
www.integraalwaterbeleid.be.

Blueprint to safeguard EU-waters has been approved

TheCommission has launched a Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources, a strategy for ensuring that enough good quality water is available to meet the needs of people, the economy and the environment.
EU waters are not doing well in terms of quality, despite improvements in recent years. Water quantity is of equal concern with water scarcity spreading in Europe and extreme events (like floods) increasing in too many Member States.
We must step up our efforts in order to deal with old and emerging challenges, including water pollution, water abstraction for agriculture and energy production, land use and the impacts of climate change. Strengthened measures are needed to help the EU protect its water resources and become more resource (including water) efficient.
Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “This Blueprint shows we have a good understanding of the problems we face and a solid platform to tackle them. The time has come to take action to deliver the full benefits of our legislation and create opportunities for innovative solutions in water policy and the water industry. What is needed is a sustainable balance between water demand and supply, taking into account the needs of both people and the natural ecosystems they depend on.”

The Blueprint can be downloaded here. Pressrelease you can find here.

Commission Presents New Guidelines for Inland Navigation and Natura 2000, with relation to maintenance dredging

Session On 18 October the European Commission published new guidelineson inland navigation and nature protection to assist the sector in applying EU environmental legislation.

The guidelines emphasize the development of inland waterway transport infrastructure as well as the conservation of rivers from the perspective of protecting Europe’s rare species and habitats under the EU Birds and Habitats Directives and in the wider context of the Water Framework Directive.
The Commission guidelines provide guidance on how best to ensure that activities related to the development and management of inland waterways are compatible with EU environmental policy in general and nature legislation in particular. The document focuses on the construction, maintenance and upgrading of infrastructure projects related to commercial inland waterway transport. It was written in consultation with members of the European Commission Working Group on Rivers which has provided valuable feedback on the various drafts of the guidance document.
Particular attention is given to explaining how to develop integrated projects which aim to take account of the river’s ecological processes early on in the design process and which search for win-win solutions for both inland waterway transport and biodiversity wherever possible. This guidance document also outlines the procedures to follow when carrying out an appropriate assessment under Article 6 of the Habitats Directive. In that respect, specific reference is made to capital and maintenance dredging works. In the guidelines, the Commission confirms that maintenance dredging works normally only maintain a certain state of infrastructure and do not qualify as a project in the sense of Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive. Maintenance operations may only be regarded as constituting distinct projects in cases of changing techniques, conditions or regularity under which they are carried out.
The document complements previously published “guidelines on developments in ports and estuaries”, which were published in 2011.

Portuguese Marine Strategy addresses sediment contamination

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), adopted in 2008, establishes a framework within Member States shall take the necessary measures to achieve or maintain good environmental status in the marine environment. The first major reports by Member States to the Commission are due in 2012, covering an initial assessment of marine waters, the determination of good environmental status and the setting of environmental targets. The draft version of the Portuguese report was made available for public consultation in September. The report concludes that overall the Portuguese marine waters are in good condition, but that there is still room for improvement. With regard to Descriptor 8, the concentrations of contaminants are at levels not giving rise to pollution effects in all but one area – the continental shelf close to the Tagus and Sado estuaries. In this area, under greater influence of important cities, ports and industries, the ‘good environmental status’ target was considered not reached due to sediment contamination by hazardous substances. However, the report recognizes that the situation mainly results from historic contamination. Metal concentrations in marine fish species have been observed to decrease in the same area over the last decade (Mar Pollut Bull 62:2854-2858), which is encouraging with regard to the long-term improvement of marine sediment quality.

ARCH: Architecture and roadmap to manage multiple pressures on lagoons

ARCH is a four-year collaborative research project funded by the Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7) of the European Commission. Thematically the project belongs to Cooperation Theme 6 Environment (including climate change). The project team is composed of 11 institutions from 9 European countries and coordinated by the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI). Through experimentation with and development of innovative knowledge brokering instruments, ARCH aims to develop participative methodologies in collaboration with the involved managers, policy makers and stakeholders to manage the multiple problems affecting lagoons in Europe.

State-of-the-Lagoon reports
The task of the ARCH is elaboration of ‘integrated lagoon management plans’ for selected case studies. To understand the complexity of the lagoon regions “state-of-the-lagoon” reports have been prepared for the 10 case study sites. They enlarge our knowledge and provide basis for discussions with the stakeholders. The reports show the dynamic functioning of each lagoon region. They also highlight how the lagoon communities manage and cope with adverse negative effects so important nowadays, i.e. they analyse evolutionary resilience of the lagoon regions in a long run.


Stake holder involvement
The lagoon regions are described as a system composed of two interrelated parts: the “natural system” and the “human” system (composed of the socio-economic and the governance components). It has been decided to make use of both indicators and narratives for description of the main elements of the lagoon regions and respective interactions.

In complex environmental problems, responsibilities, knowledge and power are distributed among the actors involved. Thus stakeholders should be involved, because they are responsible for certain aspects of the environmental problem, they have specific knowledge that should be brought into the process, or because they have a certain power: power to obstruct or power to realize. Stakeholder involvement as a process differs from traditional public consultation procedures in that stakeholders are involved early enough to influence policies when they are formulated. It makes sense, thus, to involve stakeholders in policy problems that are complex, and we should do that from an early stage of the policy process. The next stage of the project will therefore focus on stakeholder involvement through a series of 3 workshops at each case study site.

For more information: www.arch-fp7.eu.

New Research Projects in the UK

The The UK national Research Councils are funding a number of research studies which include the role of sediment and debris in flooding. Two projects have already been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and will start in January 2013 and run for 3 years:

Delivering and Evaluating Multiple Flood Risk Benefits in Blue-Green Cities: The aim is to develop new strategies for managing urban flood risk as part of wider, integrated urban planning intended to achieve environmental enhancement and urban renewal in which multiple benefits of creating blue-green cities are rigorously evaluated and understood. One of the objectives is to model existing flood risks using coupled surface/sub-surface hydrodynamic models linked to semi-quantitative assessments of sediment/debris dynamics and habitats, using fieldwork where necessary to fill knowledge gaps in urban drainage network forms and functions
Flood MEMORY: Multi-Event Modelling Of Risk & Recovery: The aim is to study the impacts of clusters of floods in terms of the memory of physical and social systems. The temporal clustering of flood events in time has a critical effect in reducing the ability of systems to recover to pre-flood conditions which can lead to amplified damage in a second flood event. This can be considered as system “memory”, the timeframes of which will be highly variable and range from days to years according to system component. Whilst major floods undoubtedly mobilise channels and large amounts of sediment, repeated small floods play a role in adjusting hillslopes and channels back to an “equilibrium” state. This means that the assumption of similarity in flood risk for similar events is unfounded. The project will consider both fluvial and coastal flooding through source-pathway-receptor models in the fluvial environment and models of beach change for coastal floods.

Further information on sediment aspects of these projects can be obtained from Sue White, sue.white@cranfield.ac.uk

Meanwhile a major funding initiative from the Natural Environment Research Council is focussed on improving our ability to predict and manage impacts of Flooding from Intense Rainfall. A major component of this work will relate to the crossing of process thresholds in sediment and debris supply (hillslope erosion, gullying, landslides, rural and urban debris and changing channel morphology) alongside work on changing conveyance during floods due to the high sediment and debris inputs and blockage at key infrastructure (bridges, culverts, drains). Funding will start in April 2013 and successful bidders will be announced in late 2012.

Long-term suspended sediment data collection

A paper on long-term suspended sediment data collected from over 600 reference-condition (i.e. high ecological status) river sites (42 different ecosystem types) across the temperate climate zone, in order to (1) determine differences in the suspended sediment concentrations that are inhabited by different freshwater ecosystems, and (2) identify, through modelling, the catchment environmental characteristics that influence background concentrations of suspended sediment, was published this summer.

The paper can be found on www.sciencedirect.com

The corresponding author of the research group (Dr G. S. Bilotta, School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton, UK) reports that they are currently working on the next phase of the model, improving the specificity of predictions and using alternative, more ecologically-meaningful, metrics of suspended sediment exposure (concentration-duration frequency approach).

Review on the International Magdeburger Seminar on River Protection, held on 10-11 October 2012, Hamburg, Germany

The 15th International Magdeburger Seminar on River Protection focused on “The River Elbe and its sediments”. For the first time in the more than 20 years long lasting history of the seminar it took place in Hamburg on the 10th and 11th October 2012. More than 180 experts from the German and Czech part of the Elbe river basin discussed the importance of sediments regarding their key ecological and hydrological requirements. A total of 24 papers and 50 posters with a spatial focus on the mountain and inland areas of the Elbe as well as the Tidal-Elbe and sediment management were presented. Relevant tributary streams of the Elbe such as Vltava, Mulde, Saale and Havel were also focused by the experts. In addition to the seminar three excursions were offered to get in touch with the qualitative and quantitative aspects regarding suspended sediment management of the river Elbe, especially concerning their relevance for the port of Hamburg.
Dr. Pavel Punčochář, president of the International Commission for the Protection of the Elbe River (ICPER) stated “To reach the goals of the European Water Framework Directive it is essential to consequently deal with the contamination issue of sediments”.
Further Dr. Heide Jekel from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany added “There is also an intensive discussion on sediment management in Germany within the River Basin Community Elbe (FGG Elbe), the national coordination platform for the German part of the River. Results of the group are used for the development of a national concept as well as an international ICPER-concept.”
Conference material, including presentations given, can be found atwww.ikse-mkol.org

The next International Magdeburger Seminar on River Protection was announced to be arranged in September 2014 at the source of the Elbe in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic.

More information about the Elbe:
Projekt Schadstoffsanierung Elbesedimente www.elsa-elbe.de
International Elbe Protection Commission www.ikse-mkol.org
German Elbe River Board www.fgg-elbe.de

Sustainable Management of Contaminated Sediments (SMOCS)

SMOCS – Unlocking port investments through emerging technologies
Demands for a sustainable transport system throughout the world give an ever increasing need to develop ports. Larger ships with deeper draught also add to the need to dredge. In the SMOCS project a guideline, tools and full scale tests have been performed in order to introduce a sustainability approach to managing contaminated sediments and to introduce new emerging technologies. One example of a technology being brought forward by the project is the stabilization/solidification technology that enables contaminated dredged masses to be used as material in port constructions, saving both money and environment thus enabling port investments.

Sustainable management of contaminated sediments, SMOCS

Sustainable dredging for our future…

SMOCS started late 2010 as a joint project comprising several countries around the Baltic Sea. The project is financed by the 10 partners and the Baltic Sea Region Program 2007-2013. A large number of associated and supporting organisations, such as environmental protection agencies, ministries, ports and port organisations provide support also enabling a strong and efficient dissemination of the project key results, findings and deliverables. In late 2012 SMOCS will be finalized and the guideline, tools for assessment and technologies will be released on the SMOCS website www.smocs.eu.

Dredged sediments are a resource as construction material

`Port of Gävle during stabilisation/ solifdification of contaminated sediments

The principle traditional faiths of dredged contaminated sediments are sea or land disposal. The first is not favourable due to environmental concerns in the Baltic Sea Region, the second is very resource demanding and costly. It is in this gap that stabilization and solidification technology has been brought forward and verified in the project, say Professor Sven Knutsson, Luleå University of Technology and Project Manager Göran Holm, Swedish Geotechnical institute. This technology has been used before but is now further developed and used in order to 1) treat the sediments through immobilization of contaminants, 2) improve the engineering properties and 3) enable the treated dredged sediments to be utilized as a construction material in port constructions. Performed sustainability assessments give a clear view on the technology; it decreases the need for natural ending material and has less impact on climate change than traditional handling methods; it is resource and cost effective.

Large investments due in Port of Kokkola, Port of Gävle and Port of Gdynia

TV-broadcast concerning the field test in Port of Gävle

The cost for handling contaminated sediments is very high if done in a traditional manner with disposal them on a landfill says Linda Astner, Environmental Manager at Port of Gävle, Sweden. She continues, – As we were informed of the stabilisation/solidification technology we saw a possibility to save money, environment as well as enable the port to do complementary investments in its facilities. The Port of Gävle has started works in the autumn of 2012 that will treat and use about 600 000 m3 of contaminated sediments for new port areas for e.g. container handling. Soon Port of Kokkola , Finland and Port of Gdynia, Poland as well as others will follow.

SMOCS Network and PortInfra
An additional key output of SMOCS is a network, its heart consists of the ten SMOCS partners who joined the project in 2009, and who now have agreed to interact on the topics of sediments, port construction and to invite other organisations to participate starting 2013. One of the first tasks is to enlarge the network under the thematic umbrella “PortInfra” where the practical needs of ports are matched with best available knowledge.
For questions on sediment management and port construction issues as well as taking actively part in the SMOCS network, you can contact
Göran Holm, goran.holm@swedgeo.se or Bo Svedberg bo.svedberg@ltu.se
Or visit www.smocs.eu.

Photos in this article by Bo Svedberg LTU/Ecoloop and Göran Holm SGI

From the UNESCO-ISI Newsletter

Recently published
“River Discharge to the Coastal Ocean: A Global Synthesis”
by John D. Milliman, College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA
Katherine L. Farnsworth, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Cambridge University Press 2011

Rivers provide the primary link between land and sea, annually discharging about 36 000 km3 of freshwater and more than 20 billion tonnes of solid and dissolved sediments to the global ocean. Utilizing the world’s largest database – 1534 rivers that drain more than 85% of the landmass discharging into the global ocean – this book presents a detailed analysis and synthesis of the processes affecting the fluvial discharge of water, sediment, and dissolved solids to the coastal ocean. The ways in which climatic variation, episodic events, and anthropogenic activities – past, present, and future – affect the quantity and quality of river discharge are discussed in the final two chapters. The book contains 26 tables and more than 165 figures – most in full color – including global and regional maps. The book’s extensive appendix presents the 1534-river database as a series of 44 tables that provide quantitative data regarding the discharge of water, sediment and dissolved solids. The appendix’s 140 maps portray the morphologic, geologic, and climatic character of the watersheds. A complete GIS-based online database.

Other publications that can be found in the ISI Information System
Sediment Issues & Sediment Management in Large River Basins Interim Case Study Synthesis Report (ISI)
Distribution, sources and ecological risk assessment of heavy metals in surface sediments from Lake Taihu, China (Yin et al.)
Sediment dynamics of an impounded river: Yegua Creek, Texas (Martinez)
Suspended sediment transport in the Ganges-Brahmaputra River System, Bangladesh (Rice)
Nutrient and Suspended-Sediment Trends in the Missouri River Basin, 1993–2003 (USGS)
rends in Streamflow and Nutrient and Suspended-Sediment Concentrations and Loads in the Upper Mississippi, Ohio, Red…(USGS)
More …(see www.irtces.org)

SEDI.PORT.SIL final meeting on 10-11 December 2012, Ravenna, Italy

The European Commission and the Port Authority of Ravenna co-finance MED Ingegneria and associated beneficiaries (University of Ferrara – Earth Sciences department, University of Bologna – Diem department, ISPRA, Po Delta Park, GeoEcoMar, DIEMME and CRSA MED Ingegneria srl) to develop an innovative process of treatment and reuse of harbour sediments.
The main aim is the restoration and valorization of sediments after dredging, and the production – after treatment – of sediments useful for infrastructural works, environmental engineering, etc. and the evaluation of silicon extraction.

The final meeting of SEDI.PORT.SIL. project (Recovery of dredged SEDIments of the PORT of Ravenna and SILicon extraction) will be held in Ravenna, at the premises of the Port Authority on 10th and 11th December 2012.
During the conference achieved results will be presented.
Visits to the Emilia-Romagna coastal zones and inside the harbour area are foreseen.

For more info and registration: www.lifesediportsil.eu, or contactcristinaveratelli@parcodeltapo.it / manager@lifesediportsil.eu /elisa.ulazzi@medingegneria.it

Soil Erosion Discussion List

SE-LIST (the Soil Erosion Discussion List) has been re-launched this spring. It was started in 1993 as a forum for discussion on any topic related to soil erosion (Bernsdorf and Favis-Mortlock, 1995). The list was originally hosted by the University of Trier, Germany. It then went through several changes before Mark Nearing (USDA-ARS) agreed to run it. During Mark’s term of office, the list was hosted at Purdue University in the USA. It grew to be quite a useful resource.

In 2011, Mark decided to give up running the list, and pass it to someone else; David Favis-Mortlock, senior visiting research associate at the Environmental Change Institute | University of Oxford, agreed to take it on. It has taken a while, but the list is now operational once again. However, it has not been possible to copy the list of subscribers from the Purdue hosting. Thus members of the old SE-LIST will usually need to re-subscribe.

SE-LIST is intended to be a low-volume list, just a few emails per week.
The formal name of SE-LIST is now ouce-soil-erosion@maillist.ox.ac.uk
To post to the list, send an email to ouce-soil-erosion@maillist.ox.ac.uk. Your email will then be sent to all list members. You can only do this if you are subscribed to the list, of course.

To unsubscribe or subscribe, or check who is subscribed, send an email toouce-soil-erosion-help@maillist.ox.ac.uk. You will get an email back with a list of instructions.

If you have any problems posting to the list, you can send an email to ouce-soil-erosion-owner@maillist.ox.ac.uk. Feel free to pass on this announcement to any colleagues who might wish to join SE-LIST.

Upcoming events

2012:
29 November 2012: Advanced course on Modelling Water, Floods and Sediments with Tetis v8.2, Valencia, Spain (Tetis v.8.2.4 can be downloaded here). See also website SCARCE project: www.idaea.csic.es

10-11 December 2012: SEDI.PORT.SIL – Recovery of dredged SEDIments of the PORT of Ravenna and SILicon extraction – final meeting, Ravenna, Italy. www.lifesediportsil.eu

2013:
4-7 February 2013: Battelle conference – Seventh International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments at the Hyatt Regency, Dallas, Texas
More info at: http://www.battelle.org/conferences/sediments/

26-28 March 2013: Intersol 2013 – International Conference / Exhibition on Soils, Sediments and Water, Lyon, France. www.intersol.fr

10-12 April 2013: GESeD – Environmental Management of Dredged Sediments in the framework of the SETARMS project, Caen France. More info: www.setarms.org

16-19 April 2013: AquaConSoil conference on management of soil, groundwater and sediments, Barcelona, Spain. www.aquaconsoil.org

3-7 June 2013: WODCON XX – World Dredging Congress, Brussels, Belgium
www.cedaconferences.org

3-7 June 2013: 6th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research (ICWRER), Koblenz, Germany. ICWRER 2013 is focused on Water and Sediment and is jointly organised with SedNet. SedNet will organise a special full-day symposium that addresses sediment processes at the catchment scale (deadline abstracts 16 December 2012)
www.water-environment.org

4-7 June 2013: 6th International Short Course/Conference on Applied Coastal Research, Lisbon, Portugal. Abstracts can be submitted until 15 December 2012. www.scacr.eu

10-12 June 2013: THESIS 2013 – symposium on Two-phase Modelling for Sediment dynamics in Geophysical Flows, Chatou, France.
www.shf-hydro.org

29 July-2 August 2013: NCER 2013 – National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration, Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, Chicago, USA.Deadline for abstracts: 2 December 2012. More info here.

2-5 September 2013: 12th International Symposium on River Sedimentation, Kyoto, Japan. www.dpri.kyoto-u.ac.jp

6-9 November 2013: 8th International SedNet conference on innovative sediment management, Lisbon, Portugal. Call for Abstracts will soon be published on www.sednet.org

Disseminated by:

SedNet secretariat:
Mrs. Marjan Euser
Deltares
P.O. Box 85467
NL-3508 AL Utrecht
The Netherlands
E-mail marjan.euser@deltares.nl

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Newsletter – July 2013

Website: www.sednet.org
Compiled by: Marjan Euser (marjan.euser@deltares.nl)
Subscription Service: SedNet Secretariat (marjan.euser@deltares.nl)
Disclaimer: SedNet is not responsible for faults due to incorrectness of info in this newsletter.
Previous issues: www.sednet.org/newsletter

CONTENTS

8th International SedNet conference: Lisbon, Portugal, 6-9 November 2013
Call for Abstracts for the Special Session on Mechanics of Sediment Transport on 7 November 2013 (during the SedNet conference in Lisbon)
New member SedNet Steering Group
SedNet Symposium “Understanding sediment processes at catchment scale”, Koblenz, Germany, June 2013
GeDSeT, a Decision Support Tool for innovative management scenarios for sedimenets from waterways
pXRF on sediments
Is ‘minimising the footprint’an effective intervention to maximise the recovery of intertidal sediments from disturbance? Phase 1: Literature review (NECR110)
Setting scientific principles for sediment risk assessment
How can we generate more public and political attention for sediment and soil management?
NATO proposal for part II sediment training course Sava river basin
WODCON XX – World Dredging Congress “The Art of Dredging”, 3-7 June 2013, Brussels
Karlsruher Flussgebietstage 2013 (“River Basin Days 2013”), 20-21 Juni 2013, Karlsruhe,Germany
2013 Battelle – Seventh International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments
5th SCARCE Newsletter now online
Information about Dredging
Upcoming events

8th International SedNet conference
Lisbon, Portugal, 6-9 November 2013
Hosted and co-organised by LNEC
“Innovative Sediment Management: How to do more with less”

The preliminary conference program is almost ready and will soon be uploaded on the conference-webpage on www.sednet.org.

The conference program will consist of key-note presentations and parallellecture sessions on
Sediments and ecosystems (and their services)
Integrated sediment management
Sustainable dredged material management
Sediment quality and quantity issues
Interaction between fluvial, estuarine and coastal sediment
Further there are Special Sessions:
ECSA Special Session: Changing hydrodynamics of estuaries and tidal river systems
ARCH Special Session: Management of multiple pressures on estuaries and lagoons in a changing climate
Relationships between sediment and biota in transitional water ecosystems and harbours
Mechanics of sediment transport (see also the “Call for abstracts”, next item of this newsletter)

Working Groups
A new item in the conference program is the starting up of Working Groups.
Thursday 7 November afternoon will provide opportunity for new initiatives – brought forward by the network – on sediment research and management. These Working Group meetings may focus on any topic in the field of sediment research and sediment management. Any conference participant who would like to brainstorm with his fellow-sediment-specialists will be given the possibility to organise such a Working Group meeting. Those meetings are open for any conference participant to join and thus contribute to the discussion. The outcome of these Working Group meetings will be presented briefly in the plenary session at the end of the conference.
The most promising Working Group initiatives may get some support from SedNet to kick-off the execution of activities that they propose.
If you have questions about this initiative or wish to reserve time and a meeting room for a Working Group during the conference, please contact the SedNet Secretariat.

A Working Group that has registered already and will meet on 7 November is:

Working Group: Strengthening the connection between science and policy for improved sediment managementThe Water Framework Directive and Marine Strategy Framework Directive provide opportunities for improved sediment management. Although these opportunities are still not generally seized, both frameworks will probably become the context for sediment management in future. Both directives are characterized by a systemic approach that will ask for integration of scientific knowledge from different disciplines, for stakeholder involvement and appreciation of local knowledge, and for integrated policies (e.g. spatial management) in new governance arrangements instead of sectoral policies that are still mainstream nowadays. The interface between science and policy is extremely important for the development of sediment management within these frameworks as it should provide the evidence base for the interventions and new management opportunities (governance approaches). Instruments for an improved connection between science and policy have been developed in several EU-projects.

A goal of this session is to find out if there is interest in the SedNet-community to start a specific SedNet Working Group on science-policy interfacing for sediments and – if yes – to draft a proposal for that Working Group.

During the conference posters will be exposed. A special Poster Session is held on 6 November at the end of the day.

Conference fee and registration
A registration form can soon be found on www.sednet.org
The conference fee is 400 euro (for students 100 euro) excluding VAT.
Upon registration participants will receive an invoice for the conference fee.

Exhibition
A number of display spaces is available to institutions, administrations and companies interested in presenting themselves or their products to the conference participants. Companies that are interested in participating in the exhibition can contact the organising secretarial staff at LNEC: Mr José Anacleto – e-mail sednetlisbon@lnec.pt – for information, subscription and payment. Costs for exhibiting are 1230 Euro inclusive of VAT. Deadline for subscription to the exhibition is 11 October 2013.

Contact: SedNet Secretariat: marjan.euser@deltares.nl

Call for Abstracts for the Special Session on Mechanics of Sediment Transport
on 7 November 2013
(during the SedNet conference in Lisbon)

Appropriate management of sediments in estuarine and fluvial environments can only be achieved if suitable physically-based theoretical tools are available for end-users. Fundamental research on sediment transport, ranging from grain-scale to intermediate scales, provides adequate closures to modeling large-scale fluvial and estuarine processes. Solutions for problems related to morphological evolution of mobile beds, water quality, restoration works, flood protection measures and ecological equilibrium can thus be given adequate responses.

This Special Session aims at complementally gather researchers working on fundamental issues of sediment transport and researchers and end-users tackling engineering-scaled processes. Prolific discussions, focused on bridging the gaps in engineering knowledge on sediment transport as well as on the experience of modelers in incorporating new theories ensuing from fundamental research in their models, are expected.

Researchers working on mechanics of sediment transport in oceans, rivers or reservoir environments are invited to participate in this special session. Submitted themes may include grain-scale mechanics of sediment transport, river and estuarine morphology, suspended load, cohesive sediments, interaction with turbulence, interaction with structures or ecological considerations. Research relying on experimental methods and instrumentation such as PIV, LDV and acoustic velocimetry as well as numerical work on data production with LES/DNS/SPH and on CFD numerical solutions for engineering-scale problems are especially welcome.

The session is organized by:
Mário J. Franca, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Rui M.L. Ferreira, CEHIDRO, Instituto Superior Técnico – TULisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Abstract submission
Abstracts shall be submitted directly to the organizers of the session (see contacts below), no later than 1st September 2013.
The template available in SedNet Conference 2013 website should be used.

Contacts
Mário J. Franca: mario.franca@epfl.ch
Rui M.L. Ferreira: ruif@civil.ist.utl.pt

New member SedNet Steering Group

The SedNet Steering Group is pleased to inform that the Swiss Centre for Applied Ecotoxicology EAWAG/EPFL (Ecotox Centre) joined the SedNet Steering Group. Carmen Casado, scientist in sediment ecotoxicology, will represent the Ecotox Centre in the SG.

The Ecotox Centre develops practice-oriented research, education and training, and services for authorities and third parties whenever expert knowledge is needed. It is also involved in numerous application-oriented scientific projects on ecotoxicological assessment, risk assessment and the development and optimisation of test methods, mostly in collaboration with external partners from authorities, Cantonal bodies and industry. The Ecotox Centre has its headquarters at EAWAG, the aquatic research institute within the ETH (Federal Institutes of Technology) domain in Dübendorf, Switzerland. The second branch, which specialises in terrestrial and sediment ecotoxicology, is located at EPFL in Lausanne.

Carmen Casado, Ecotox Centre

Carmen Casado, Ecotox Centre

The Ecotox Centre develops practice-oriented research, education and training, and services for authorities and third parties whenever expert knowledge is needed. It is also involved in numerous application-oriented scientific projects on ecotoxicological assessment, risk assessment and the development and optimisation of test methods, mostly in collaboration with external partners from authorities, Cantonal bodies and industry. The Ecotox Centre has its headquarters at EAWAG, the aquatic research institute within the ETH (Federal Institutes of Technology) domain in Dübendorf, Switzerland. The second branch, which specialises in terrestrial and sediment ecotoxicology, is located at EPFL in Lausanne.

As SedNet, the Ecotox Centre aims at incorporating sediment issues and knowledge to support the achievement of a good environmental status and to develop new tools for sediment management. The Ecotox Centre is keen to participate in the exchange of experiences and knowledge through SedNet and to contribute to the dissemination of good practices and success stories on sediment quality and quantity issues at a pan-European level.

SedNet Symposium “Understanding sediment processes at catchment scale”, Koblenz, Germany, June 2013

SedNet has organised a one day symposium at the 6th IAHS International Conference on Water Resources and Environmental Research: Water and Environmental Dynamics, which has run from 3-7 June 2013 in Koblenz, Germany. The SedNet symposium was on “Understanding sediment processes at catchment scale” and was convened by Peter Heininger (Federal Institute of Hydrology, Germany), Sue White (Cranfield University, UK), Susanne Heise (HAW Hamburg, Germany), and Ivana Teodorovich (University of Novi Sad, Serbia).

The focus of the 6th conference was set on fostering an integrative understanding of water and the environment, bringing together scientists from the fields of hydrology, environmental research, aquatic ecosystem research, water resources research and management as well as global change to discuss solutions for transient environmental boundary conditions. The SedNet symposium addressed sediment processes at the catchment scale, tackling sediment sources and transfer pathways, monitoring programmes, and sediment management.

Eleven abstracts were selected for presentation at the SedNet symposium, covering a large number of fundamental issues in environmental sciences and hydraulics. Contributions addressed the methods and strategies for measuring sediment transport processes including large databases such as those from watersheds in Ontario Canada or Austrian rivers, sediment transport modelling, calibration and validation, and how results from different approaches can be used for improved management of local watersheds. On the quality side, contributions addressed the evaluation of pollution sources and the mobilisation and transport of sediment bound contaminants at the catchment scale with case studies on traditional contaminants including metals, polychlorinated biphenyls, but also acid mine drainage, hazardous substances released from water construction materials, and radioactive substances strongly attached to suspended sediment such as cesium-137. Case studies from Europe, Africa, America and Asia ensured a broad geographic coverage.

Four other sessions on the Analysis and modelling of sediment transfer in Mediterranean landscapes, Modern hydraulics structures for better hydrodynamics and hydromorphology of streams and rivers, Climate change and freshwater sediments and Climate change impacts on coastal waters and sediments also included contributions on methodological improvements and case studies on natural and anthropogenic modulation of sediment transport processes.

SedNet at the exhibition of the 6th IAHS International Conference on Water Resources and Environmental Research: Water and Environmental Dynamics

The outcome of the conference will be published as a cluster of peer reviewed papers by Springer in the book “Sediment matters: the challenges”. The book, edited by Dr. Peter Heininger (Federal Institute of Hydrology) and Dr. Johannes Cullmann (IHP/HWRP Secretariat) aims at presenting scientific progress in process and system understanding and management as well as sound foundations for policy development.

Further information on www.water-environment.org

GeDSeT, a Decision Support Tool for innovative management scenarios for sediments from waterways

A decision support tool on the management of sediments from waterways was developed by the Belgian-French GeDSeT project (InterReg IV, 2008-2013; SedNet course, Ferrara 2012). This tool was built using literature reviews, new research results and extensive exchanges with the actors and stakeholders of sediment management.

The tool belongs to the family of multicriteria DSTs (Laboudigue et al., 2011; Michel et al., 2012) and is based on a “what-if” strategy, rather than offering the “best possible option”. Therefore, it allows to test innovative scenarios and to support discussions with local authorities and communities. Scenarios evaluated with enlarged system boundaries allow to identify external benefits, such as pollution mitigation, reduced minerals extraction or land use, improvement of fluvial transport or living conditions.


Fig. 1: Data and indicators for the GeDSeT tool.

Examples of innovative scenarios will be discussed at the SedNet conference in Lisbon (Lemière et al., submitted). They comprise:

Scenario 1: selective dredging
Selectively dredge first the most contaminated hotspots, then bulk dredge the remainder of sediments from the waterway section. Consequences: a) reduction of the contaminated volume to be treated or sent to hazardous waste disposal, b) reduction of the average contamination of bulk dredged sediments, c) selection of less contaminated sediment lots, acceptable for reuse.


Fig. 2: Selective dredging and detail characterisation.
Crosses: sampling points. Boxes: contour of composites currently used for lab characterisation for bulk dredging. Field characterisation of individual samples would allow selective dredging of hotspots (pink) and subsequent valorisation of less contaminated sediment (blue).

Fig. 3: Mobile sediment treatment plant

Scenario 2: on-site treatment
Process as much as posssible the sediment with a ship-borne plant. On-site dehydration allows to obtain easier output material. Consequences:
a) reduction of the dredged volume to be managed or sent to valorisation,
b) water can be returned to the waterway after treatment.

Scenario 3: selective treatment
Sediment loads are directed towards a treatment procedure adequate for their pollutant contents (inorganic and/or organic). This scenario is applicable to sediment treatment facilities currently developed near canals. Treatment may be aimed at reducing contamination under critical levels for less polluted sediments, or at concentrating the pollutants in a low volume fraction for safe disposal. Reusable sediment loads may be shipped to reuse sites.


Fig.4: Selective processing of dredged sediment loads (left) in canal-side treatment plant: uncontaminated, direct shipping to reuse site; low contamination: dehydration or landfarming until reuse (1); medium contamination: treatment and separation (2); high contamination: concentration and disposal as hazardous waste (3).

Scenario 4: alternative use of sediment
Selectively dredged or treated sediments may be directed to reuse according to contamination level and regulatory constraints. Potential uses comprise: a) bulk use where applicable (landfill cover, civil works, excavation backfill), b) composite use (mix with concrete demolition aggregate), c) use as an alternative mineral resource (cement production). Benefits include the reduction of primary minerals extraction and of sediment storage, hence increase of possible waterways dredging operations.

Scenario 5: alternative use of disposal sites
Sediment deposits are highly vegetated due to abundant organic matter, but they are unfit for food crops. Their use for energy crops (wood pellets, seeds) would reduce undesirable land use and allow energy crops on fertile soil without competition for land with food crops.

References
Laboudigue, A., et al., 2011. The GeDSeT Project: coupling multi-criteria analysis and knowledge improvement on sediment for a close-to-the-field Decision Support Tool. 7th International SedNet conference, Venice.
Michel,. P et al., 2012. The GeDSeT project: constitution of a decision support tool (DST) for the management and material recovery of waterways sediments in Belgium and Northern France. WASCON, Göteborg,www.swedgeo.se/wascon2012.

Authors
Bruno Lemière (BRGM), Pascale Michel (BRGM), Claire Alary (Ecole des Mines), Laurence Haouche (ISSeP), Hervé Bréquel (CTP), Jérôme Jacob (BRGM), Nathalie Gineys (CTP), Agnès Laboudigue (Ecole des Mines)

Contact: Bruno Lemière, BRGM, B.Lemiere@brgm.fr

pXRF on sediments

The development of a decision support tool on sediment management led to the identification of several innovative management scenarios (ref: article GeDSeT above). Most of these scenarios require that data on the contamination level can be obtained in real time on the dredging site or at the unloading point before reuse.
Research led during the GeDSeT project showed that this can be achieved for most of the inorganic substances using portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry on site, without waiting for laboratory analyses, provided that a simple dehydration procedure is applied (Lemière et al., in press).
For the main organic contaminants (petrol hydrocarbons, PAHs and PCBs) this is not yet possible, but the feasibility study led in the GeDSeT project allows to undertake the same approach in a daughter project (CEAMaS, 2013-2015).


Fig. 1: On-site sample preparation (left) and pXRF analysis (right)


Fig.2: comparison between on-site (X-axis) and off-site (Y-axis) measurements for Pb (left) and Zn (right)

Reference
Lemière, B., Laperche, V., Haouche, L., & Auger, P, in press. Portable XRF and wet materials: application to dredged contaminated sediments from waterways. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis.

Authors
Bruno Lemière (BRGM), Valerie Laperche (BRGM), Laurence Haouche (ISSeP), Pascal Auger (BRGM)

Contact: Bruno Lemière, BRGM, B.Lemiere@brgm.fr

Is ‘minimising the footprint’ an effective intervention to maximise the recovery of intertidal sediments from disturbance?
Phase 1: Literature review (NECR110)

http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/5091106

Activity on intertidal soft sediments can cause damage or disturbance of the habitat from abrasion, penetration and removal. For example, vehicles used to reach cockle beds for fishing or access to structures such as piers for maintenance works.

Natural England’s advice in these situations has been based around sensitivities of habitats assessed on the MarLIN website. Generally, the advice has been that developers and developments should minimise the scale and extent, of the impact within the environment. This approach of ‘minimising the footprint’ generally leads to a more intense disturbance over a relatively smaller area. Recent anecdotal evidence suggests that recovery is quicker, and more complete, if the disturbance covers a wider area, but at a lower intensity.

This work was commissioned to review existing information on recovery of intertidal soft sediment habitats from different levels and intensities of disturbance.

Setting scientific principles for sediment risk assessment
From the newsletter of ECHA – the European Chemicals Agency

How to use science for regulatory purposes was one of the key questions tackled at ECHA’s first topical scientific workshop, held on 7-8 May 2013, which covered sediment risk assessment. The workshop brought together over 100 experts from around the world to set the scientific principles for assessing risks to the sediment compartment in all regulatory contexts.

“There have been significant developments in science concerning sediment risk assessment, which are not reflected in the current guidance,” says ECHA’s Jose Tarazona, the workshop Chair. He says that the workshop conclusions provide a good basis for reviewing the current guidance.

“Our aim was to set basic principles that could be applied in all regulatory contexts. After all, the science is the same for predictive risk assessment conducted for example for substances under REACH, and for retrospective site-specific assessments conducted on contaminated areas, for example under the Water Framework Directive. Depending on a specific regulation, the tools and methods may vary, but should be based on shared scientific grounds.”

The two-day workshop included general plenary sessions with case studies and topical breakout group sessions, where the participants discussed specific recommendations on how to use scientific knowledge for regulatory purposes.

“There were, for example, recommendations on when to trigger the risk assessment for the sediment compartment, what should be the basic principles and how to use the equilibrium partitioning method(*) for screening purposes. The participants also gave their ideas for covering the exposure assessment, predicting the concentration levels expected in the environment and reaching the sediment organisms, and elaborated on the tools that are available for describing and predicting the effects,” says Dr Tarazona.

Another conclusion from the workshop was that the risks for sediment should be considered as part of the aquatic assessment and should not be restricted to invertebrates. “The current guidance focuses only on sediment invertebrates. Obviously, the invertebrates are very relevant but there are other taxonomic groups and ecological functions that need to be considered as well,” Dr Tarazona points out.

This conclusion might mean that simply updating the guidance is not enough – a new conceptual model needs to be developed to make sure that the risks are covered for all relevant substances.

(*)The equilibrium partitioning method (EqP-method) can be used for adapting the REACH information requirements on soil and sediment testing. To derive screening environmental quality standards for soil or sediment, it uses aquatic toxicity data and a soil/water or sediment/water partitioning coefficient.

Further information
Setting scientific principles for sediment risk assessment
Workshop programme, presentations, list of participants, background material and case studies

Note by SedNet: Dr Tarazona will give a key-note presentation at the SedNet conference in Lisbon on 7 November 2013.

How can we generate more public and political attention for sediment and soil management?

The AquaConSoil conference was held in Barcelona 15-19 April 2013. At this event the Dutch Deltares institute together with the Flemish MOW, OVAM, LNE and VMM organized a special session entitled “The potential for further integration of soil, sediment and water management and how ecosystem services may help”. In the session the highlights were presented of the 2012 Flanders ‘sediment day’, i.e. present the state-of-art on integrated management of soil, sediment and water in Flanders. Thereafter ample time was used for discussion with the session participants. One of the key-questions discussed was “How can we generate more public as well as political attention for sediment-soil-water management”. One of the outcomes was that it might help to jointly (the more critical mass, the better) prepare a ‘White Paper’. This paper should describe in a language understandable for policy makers what the many positive contributions are of sediment-soil-water ecosystem services to key issues that ARE being perceived as important/urgent by the public and politicians, i.e. jobs, energy, safety and health (see figure).

The feasibility of preparing such a white paper is now being explored. A nice response/quote already from Paul Nathanail (Cabernet): “Perhaps a White Paper that seeks to place soil and sediment in the resource category rather than as a hazard or something that is being threatened may make policy makers rethink.”

For more information contact Jos Brils (Deltares): jos.brils@deltares.nl

NATO proposal for part II sediment training course Sava river basin

In the SedNet eNewsletter of November 2012 you have already been informed on the successful outcome of the 1st part of the “practical training course on sustainable sediment management with the Sava river basin as showcase” (see also: www.savacommission.org). SedNet – in close cooperation with the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) and UNESCO Venice office – submitted a proposal to NATO (Science for Peace and Security programme) for funding the 2nd part of this course. Part II of the course will focus on measures and governance aspects. The outcome of the proposal review is expected by December this year. If the proposal is granted by NATO, than we anticipate part II of the course to be held in March 2014.

Contact: Jos Brils, Deltares: jos.brils@deltares.nl

WODCON XX – World Dredging Congress “The Art of Dredging”, 3-7 June 2013, Brussels

The 20th anniversary World Dredging Congress and Exhibition, WODCON, took place in Brussels from 3rd to 7th of June. This event takes place every three years in the European, American or Asian section of the World Organisation of Dredging Associations (WODA) and is the premier dredging event for professionals from around the globe. This year’s theme “The Art of Dredging” addressed skills, craft and experience to be brought together to an intended achievement. Cees van Rhee, chairman of the technical paper committee, explained the link of dredging to art by stating that famous artist Leonardo da Vinci already designed dredging equipment in his time, combining science and art which was seen as the same discipline in those days.

In total a number of 95 technical papers were presented by delegates from all continents, covering all aspects of dredging and marine construction. They were organized in parallel sessions, one about dredging equipment and the dredging process, the other focusing on management of sediments, environmental dredging as well as sediment assessment and monitoring.

A special session was dedicated to “The dredging debate” steered by CEDA environment commission chairman Polite Laboyrie. A panel with representatives from CEDA, EADA, WEDA and PIANC got the audience to discuss about themes covering aspects of Working with Nature, Adaptive Management as well as Stakeholder Involvement. Additionally a CEDA position paper on underwater sound as well as an information paper on ecosystem services and their relevance to the dredging industry were presented.

Another special double-session was committed to dredging works in the Westerschelde. To one part the focus was on the navigation channel and the applied dredging strategy, the hydro- und morphodynamic developments and the impact of human intervention. The further part of the session focused on recent developments in the Port of Antwerp and its new treatment facility for dredged material as well as dealing with siltation rates in the new tidal Deurganckdok through construction of a new current deflection wall.

The technical tours took the WODCON visitors to travel along the Schelde and learn about the Sigma Plan for flood protection. Further a visit to the AMORAS treatment facility and the construction site of the new lock within the Deurganckdok were offered.

WODCON XX: Best Paper Award for research on long-term and far-field dispersion of finesThe best paper award was granted to Thijs van Kessel (Deltares) for his paper with co-author Bas van Maren (also Deltares) on the far-field and long-term dispersion of released dredged material.

In the paper the cumulative effect of a large number of sediment plumes on turbidity levels is analyzed. Although the dispersion of individual plumes is often considered for impact assessments, it is the cumulative effect of a large number of individual plumes that determines the impact on the long term. Resuspension from the seabed may become the dominant factor contributing to turbidity. The contribution of dredged material to the natural background turbidity depends on the type and amount of material added to the system relative to type and amount of fine sediment already present due to natural processes. The proposed methodology is applicable in systems in with a low natural percentage of fines in the bed. In this case the addition of fines (e.g. by dredging operations) is likely to increase turbidity levels as more fines become available for resuspension and transport. The paper presents examples of computations on the far-field and long-term dispersion of fines in the natural environment and their sensitivity to parameter settings such as settling velocity, critical shear stress for erosion and burial rate.

More informatie: Thijs van Kessel

With a total of about 430 registered visitors, WODCON XX was a very successful event, especially the exhibition was the perfect place for international networking. All technical presentations will be made available to the public, please check the Conference website for details.

Karlsruher Flussgebietstage 2013 („River Basin days 2013“), 20-21 June 2013, Karlsruhe, Germany

The “Karlsruher Flussgebietstage” is a biannual international symposium held at the Institute of Water and River Basin Management (IWG) of KIT. The symposium is a platform for the scientific exchange on specific issues of river basin management.

The meeting in 2013 had a focus on solids in river basins. Solids play an important role in both ecosystems and techno sphere. They serve as transport vehicle for various pollutants and directly influence water quality, habitat conditions and biogeochemical cycles. The impact on river ecosystems is largely determined by the sources and rate at which solids are delivered to surface water bodies, their residence time in the river systems and their physico-chemical composition.

Thus the “Karlsruher Flussgebietstage 2013” were centred on sources and transport processes of solids and particulate contaminants in river basins, considering modelling approaches, data availability, new monitoring techniques and management strategies.

The 3 technical sessions were on Sources and Transport Processes, Monitoring Techniques, and Management Strategies. Presenters came from the UK, Austria, the Netherlands, and Germany. In due time the presentations can be found on the conference website.

2013 Battelle – Seventh International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments

Eric A. Stern / Research Leader – Sediment Management Battelle Memorial Institute

The 7th International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments was held February 4-7, 2013, in Dallas, Texas. In attendance there was a wide cross-section of sediment management competencies which included approximately 970 service providers – consultants, academics, government scientists/managers, product developers and regulators as well as approximately 40 students. The conference was represented from 24 nations across the globe. The Conference was co-Chaired by Andy Bullard and Eric Stern, and was kicked off by a successful Plenary Session that included an enormously well-received Keynote address given by best-selling author and swordfish boat captain Linda Greenlaw (2000 film adaptation of Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm). The Conference concluded with a Café Roundtable led by Andy and Eric, where the theme of Integrated Sediment Management and the future landscape/vision of the global sediment management community were discussed.

Between open and close, the Conference technical program consisted of four instructor-led short courses, 239 platform presentations in five technical tracks, four breakout panels, and 199 poster presentations in two evening poster sessions.

From the onset planning functions for the 2013 conference it was the intent to move beyond the previous conference settings and to move in new directions. This included sediment management areas related to offshore wind development, legacy contaminants from Municipal Gas Plants, and assessments/challenges within Urban Sediment Management environments. Some of the challenges from a global perspective include:
Costs of sediment clean-ups are becoming prohibitive
 Timelines from assessment to design and construction can take a decade or more
Risk assessments are driving to unachievable clean-up standards
Innovation from typical dredge-haul-dump is lacking which leads to a lack of innovation
Regulatory programs in sediments are fragmented and un-coordinated
How is Regional Sediment Management integrated into regulatory functions?
What does it mean and how do you implement green remediation and sustainability into sediment programs (is this a paradox)?
Along these lines, Battelle set out to develop with the Conference Technical Steering Committee (TSC), panels that could start addressing these challenges. Four new innovative panels were developed to set the charge for this conference and for future dialogue.
Sediment Remediation and its Intersection with the Clean Water Act
The Realities of Bioavailability in Sediment Management
Sediment Management for Urban Rivers
The Role of Risk in Sediment Remediation
An emerging theme for this conference focused on Urban and Integrated Sediment Management. As the conference progressed during the week, this theme became more apparent in how it aligned with holistic approaches within the context of Regional Sediment Management.
For the first time for this conference, a Café Roundtable was conceived that brought closure to the conference by bringing together eight recognized specialists in sediments that could have an open, un-filtered dialogue with the audience on the vision and future of contaminated sediment management. This provided a sense of closure for the 4 days that we were together assimilating a significant amount of information. More importantly this roundtable gave a moment of pause to re-think where this discipline is going – the trans-disciplinary nature of these challenges and are there ways to approach complicated systems (including upland source control) that can be environmentally protective, economically viable (redevelopment and cost-share models), socially acceptable while reducing liability. Some thoughts/directions that came out of the Roundtable that can contribute towards development of the 2015 conference included the following:
Significant need for a better program that incorporates a more holistic approach to contaminated sediments and watershed management. The USEPA Great Lakes Legacy Act that is a cost-share Program between Federal and Potential Responsible Parties should be further explored as a component to Superfund and be populated to other US regions as well as globally.
 There is a need to better understand up front from all stakeholders what we want in the end (what is the goal/vision that everyone would like to see achieved). These are complex social and technological challenges.
Better understanding what everyone wants as an end result leads to the need to incorporate city planners, landscape architects, construction managers etc. into the process.
Proof of concept through bench-pilot-and commercial applications of innovative technologies takes too long to reach the marketplace.
Financing must be discussed at an early stage. After developing risk assessment a preliminary financing plan must be discussed together with stakeholders. A senior member of the sediment society must be involved at an early stage discussing complex social and technological issues. To this end, professional facilitation/mediation to help in dispute resolution to move sediment projects forward would be helpful.

Planning is underway for the Eighth International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments, which will be held in early 2015. We wish our colleagues and friends a great SedNet Conference in Lisbon!

More info at: www.battelle.org
And in the International Dredging Review.

5th SCARCE Newsletter now online

SCARCE is a multipurpose project that aims to describe and predict the relevance of global change impacts on water availability, water quality and ecosystem services in Mediterranean river basins of the Iberian Peninsula, as well as their impacts on the human society and economy. Hence, the project has assembled a multidisciplinary team of leading scientists in the fields of hydrology, geomorphology, chemistry, ecology, ecotoxicology, economy, engineering and modelling, in an unknown effort in the CONSOLIDER framework. The project also has the active involvement of Water Authorities and other relevant agents as stakeholders. The project has started end of 2009 and will last 5 years.

The latest update about SCARCE can be found here.

Information about Dredging
From the IADC website

IADC stands for “International Association of Dredging Companies” and is the global umbrella organisation for contractors in the private dredging industry. On its website IADC publishes several series which contain a wealth of information and which can be downloaded for free.

Facts About is a series of concise, easy-to-read leaflets which give an effective overview of essential facts about specific dredging and maritime construction subjects. Each leaflet provides a kind of ‘management summary’ for stakeholders who need a quick understanding of a particular issue. These leaflets are part of IADC’s on-going effort to support clients, consultants and others in understanding the fundamental principles of dredging and maritime construction because providing effective information to all involved parties is an essential element in achieving a successful dredging project.

Terra et Aqua, the official quarterly publication of IADC, seeks to present dredging related papers on important scientific and state-of-the-art subjects. Articles from all those involved in dredging, members and non-members, will be considered but all submissions are subject to peer review. Terra et Aqua is distributed free of charge to more than 10,000 readers world-wide and is available to anyone in the dredging industry upon request. The magazine is supported solely by the IADC as a service to the world-wide dredging community and represents IADC’s commitment to the highest standards of professional conduct. No advertising is accepted.

www.iadc-dredging.com

Upcoming events

2013
29 July-2 August 2013: NCER 2013 – National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration, Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, Chicago, USA.http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu

2-5 September 2013: 12th International Symposium on River Sedimentation, Kyoto, Japan. www.dpri.kyoto-u.ac.jp

11-13 September 2013: 5th European River Restoration Conference (ERRC), Vienna, Austria. Participants will reflect on the current policy implementation environment in Europe, and will highlight what leading river restoration thinkers and practitioners have to offer in achieving the goals of restoring and managing Europe’s rivers. www.errc2013.eu

18-20 September 2013: CoastExpo, Ferrara, Italy. An event on coastal zone management and protection. www.remtechexpo.com

19 September 2013: final seminar of the European SETARMS project on dredging sediment management, Saint Brieuc, France. The partners of the European SETARMS will present the results of the 4 year project to all stakeholders involved in the dredging issue and in the ways to reuse the sediments.
Participation is free. Languages: French and English. www.setarms.com

13-17 October 2013: ECSA conference Estuaries and coastal areas in times of intense change, Shanghai, China.www.estuarinecoastalconference.com

4-8 November 2013: International Water Week, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. www.internationalwaterweek.com

4-6 November 2013: WFDLille2013 – Third Water Framework Directive international conference: climate change impacts on water security and safety, at the Polytech’Lille, Lille, France. www.wfdlille2013.eu

6-9 November 2013: 8th International SedNet conference on innovative sediment management, Lisbon, Portugal. www.sednet.org

2014
18-20 March 2014: Intersol 2014 – International Conference and Exhibition on Soils, Sediments and Water, Lille, France. Theme: emerging and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and associated risks.
Call for papers/posters; deadline for submission 31 October 2013.www.intersol.fr

3-5 September 2014: River Flow 2014 – International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, Lausanne, Switzerland. The Local Organizing Committee invites you to submit an abstract to be presented at the conference. Abstract submission deadline is 15th September 2013. http://riverflow2014.epfl.ch

11-14 December 2014: IAHS/ICCE 2014 international symposium – Sediment Dynamics: From the Summit to the Sea, New Orleans, USA.
www.rnr.lsu.edu

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SedNet secretariat:
Mrs. Marjan Euser
Deltares
P.O. Box 85467
NL-3508 AL Utrecht
The Netherlands
E-mail marjan.euser@deltares.nl

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CONTENTS

Developments membership SedNet Steering Group
Integrated sediment management concept adopted for the Elbe basin
Results of the research programme KLIWAS
Danube River Research And Management (DREAM)
Marker Wadden restoration project
Meeting Belgium and Dutch Ecosystem Services communities
2014 Riverprize
CAP sediments: a new tool for a sustainable management of marine sediment
New Contaminated Sediment Guidance Documents Published
Upcoming events

Developments membership SedNet Steering Group

The SedNet Steering Group is pleased to announce that recently BOKU joined the SG:

BOKU – University of Vienna
The Institute of Water Management, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering of BOKU University Vienna, especially the working group of Prof. Habersack has a leading position in science in the field of river monitoring, physical and numerical modelling and river engineering. One central focus of the research is the determination, improvement of process understanding, modelling and management of sediments (suspended sediments and bedload), where integrated sediment monitoring methods and new numerical models have been developed. This is also reflected by the Christian Doppler Laboratory on Advanced Methods in River Monitoring, Modelling and Engineering, led by Prof. Habersack. By coordinating many national but also EU projects within this field insights in local sediment transport processes and on the river basin scale sediment regime were gained.
Due to the interdisciplinary structure of SedNet – including science, policy making, industry – the participation in this network provides insights into a more holistic approach to the topic sediment and sediment management. The cooperation between SedNet and BOKU enhances the exchange of knowledge and gained experiences and encourages defining future cross-border actions and projects.

The SedNet Steering Group is sad to inform that this spring we also lost a member: Sue White of Cranfield University. Susanne Heise wrote, on behalf of the SedNet Steering Group, an In Memoriam.

In Memoriam Sue White
On March 14 this year, we lost a dear colleague and a valued member of the SedNet Steering Group: Sue White. I’ve had the privilege of working frequently with Sue in recent years, beginning when she volunteered to join two SedNet work groups, “Sediment management on river basin scale”, led by Phil Owens, and “Sediment risk management and communication”, which I led at that time. There she was: A small, English, soft-speaking woman with a passion for science, soil and sediment, who was a professor of Integrated Catchment Management and would soon become head of Cranfield University’s Integrated Environmental Systems Institute.Between 2002 and 2004, within the SedNet project, the SedNet working groups held a number of workshops, lots of discussions, and wrote several books. You could always rely on Sue for new views, well elaborated concepts, strategic thinking, and a strong will to get the message across – preferably in English English as opposed to American English or European English.Sue started her career by becoming a civil engineer at the University of Liverpool. She did her MSc in Water Resources Technology at the University of Birmingham, her PhD at the University in Exeter. Sue worked in many countries on soil erosion, soil conservation and sediment management such as the US, Nepal, India, Philippines, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania. However, it was her 3 years in Saragossa, Spain, which she told me about frequently, and where she maintained strong friendships.Sue became member of the SedNet Steering group in 2006 and impressed us all with her quick wit, her polite but clear way to state her point and stand her ground, and her delightful English humor.
It was on the night of March 27th, 2006, during the SEDYMO conference in Hamburg, when a tornado caused blackouts that Sue told me by candlelight that she considered her research and her publications as her legacy to the coming generations of sediment and soil researchers. She was only partly right. Another legacy is our memory of Sue White, the person, the colleague, the friend.

Integrated sediment management concept adopted for the Elbe basin

For the first time, a comprehensive sediment management concept was developed in support of the management planning in a large international river basin. The concept is highly inspired by the work of SedNet since 2002.

The Elbe stands for a transboundary European Region with a long and intensive industrial and mining tradition. Around 56% of the entire catchment area is used intensively for agriculture. Dynamic developments took place since the political changes in the late 1980s. Despite having been, and in some respects still is, a heavily polluted river, the Elbe stands out among large central European rivers for its natural resources, e.g. for its wetland and floodplain forest habitats.

The first Elbe management plan prepared under the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) highlights contamination and insufficient hydromorphological conditions as two of the most important supra-regional issues in water resources management. The plan underlines that contaminated sediments and unbalanced sediment conditions are among the main reasons for the failure to meet the WFD management objectives. As a consequence, the states cooperating in the International Commission for the Protection of the Elbe River (ICPER) decided to develop a sediment management concept in preparation for the second management cycle, and a Czech-German expert group was established in late 2009. Working structures were formed under the responsibility of the Czech Ministry of the Environment and the German River Basin Community Elbe on the Czech and German sides, respectively. With these working structures it was possible not only to integrate all relevant environmental and management perspectives but also to activate a broad scientific and technical expertise. For example, in Germany more than 30 experts from different fields of knowledge contributed to the working process at different stages.

The sediment management concept of the Elbe, approved now by the member states of the ICPER, considers the deficits of the sediment regime in terms of both chemical and ecological status and with regard to supra-regional management objectives. The sediment management challenges in the Elbe catchment relate to both quality and quantity. Therefore, one of the basic decisions of the ICPER was to integrate all aspects of the sediment regime into a single concept. Using significant indicators, river basin-oriented risk analyses are performed in terms of sediment quality, sediment quantity, hydromorphology and navigation. The last represents a group of sediment-dependent uses with high economic relevance. Based on the results of these risk analyses, management options to overcome the identified deficits are suggested in a priority order. Priorities are set based both on general and aspect-specific criteria. Furthermore, the relative order of management priority depends on the character and the intensity of possible interrelations between the different aspects.

The concept will be published in German and Czech languages
(www.ikse-mkol.org). An extended English summary will be available in the second half of 2014.

Contact: Dr. Peter Heininger – heininger@bafg.de
Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG)
56068 Koblenz, Am Mainzer Tor 1, Germany

Results of the research programme KLIWAS

The research programme KLIWAS, initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS), assessed climate-induced impacts on waterways in the mid- and late 21st century in quantitative and qualitative regards. The ultimate objective was to identify ecologically and economically practical options for adaptation to possible future climatic conditions.

KLIWAS considered the rivers Rhine, Elbe, Danube, Weser, and Ems as well as the German coastal waters and the North Sea. Ensembles of several global and regional climate models were established, combined with several cause-effect models, and model outputs were evaluated.

Core efforts of KLIWAS research were to identify uncertainties in available models and to show the spans over which the results of the projections which were computed within KLIWAS are spreading for the purpose of providing well-founded consultation to political decision makers in the ministries of transport and of the environment. In this context, the achieved methodological and scientific advances were described, and key statements were formulated. These statements refer to the periods 2021–2050 (near future) and 2071–2100 (distant future). As far as possible the results are related to a reference period, mostly the time from 1961 to 1990. Moreover, there were cases when regional differences were highlighted. Then an assessment of the vulnerability of the system “navigable waterway” against climate change followed. Special attention was paid to the intensity of climate variations, their relevance for the operational routine of the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration in Germany (WSV) and – derived therefrom – to options for adaptation and recommendations for practical applications.

For instance, projections of the influencing factors „river discharge“ and „sea-level rise“ were examined for influences of climate-induced changes on the sediment budgets of the North-Sea estuaries. The projections of the river discharge of the River Elbe in the distant future indicate a slight, but not significant trend towards more frequent occurrences of phases of persistent low river discharges. In view of this finding and in combination with a sea-level rise, it cannot be ruled out that the upstream directed transport of sediment will intensify in the distant future, e.g. in the Elbe estuary, so that increasing volumes will have to be dredged. Recommended adaptation options for river-engineering and sediment management to the projected future conditions were the creation of additional flood plains and an optimised dredged-material management strategy that is better fitted to the upstream river discharge situations and that is additionally supported by the creation of sediment traps. Regarding the quality of the sediments that will be dredged in the future, only the most unfavourable out of five projections suggests deterioration.

The consequences for dredged-material management were also examined in terms of climate-induced changes in the water quality at the coasts and in inland waterways with the associated health risks. Moreover, subjects of studies were the environmental behaviour of construction materials in hydraulic engineering as a possible source of sediment pollution and climate-related modified patterns of organic contaminants in consideration of changing sources of pollution. KLIWAS had a project life from March 2009 to December 2013.The Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG), the Deutscher Wetterdienst – DWD (Germany’s national weather service), the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), and the Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW) cooperated in 30 closely linked projects.

The final reports about the projects will be available at the end of June 2014 via: www.kliwas.de
Some results have already been published in a List of Products.

Danube River Research And Management (DREAM)

There is an urgent need to integrate use and protection of the Danube River in a sustainable way. Research is of fundamental importance to derive monitoring strategies, modelling and engineering solutions to improve measures suited to reach a win-win situation between economic use and environmental protection of the Danube River. This will be strongly related to the Danube River Basin Management Plan.

An important aim of DREAM is to enable research of hydrodynamic, sediment transport, morphodynamic and ecological processes by means of adequate hydraulic laboratories, that provide a significant discharge (up to 10 m³/s without pumping) and space (large scale models).

To perform innovative research on sediment transport, the following research is relevant:
Basic research on bed load and suspended load transport in rivers and inundation areas as well as in impounded Danube river sections
Development and optimisation measures to improve sediment regime and sediment transport (reservoir management, sediment continuum) at dams and impoundments
Development measures to stop river bed degradation in free flowing section of the Danube river

Further aims of DREAM are to establish commonly agreed field study sites and stations along the Danube River to calibrate and validate physical and computer based models as well as to develop and test advanced river engineering measures under 1:1 conditions, the construction of a research vessel and the establishment of a network of Danube river research institutions

The cooperation of research institutions along the Danube River is intended to improve scientific progress and to stimulate the transfer from Basic Research to the Knowledge Society.
DREAM leads to a basic improvement of research infrastructure and cooperation between research institutions in the Danube basin. The two new laboratories combined with existing ones will offer a unique possibility for large scale physical laboratory investigation allowing fundamental and applied research.

Contact: Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Helmut Habersack –helmut.habersack@boku.ac.at
Christian Doppler Laboratory for Advanced Methods in River Monitoring, Modelling and Engineering,
Institute of Water Management, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering,
Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment ,
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna,
Muthgasse 107, 1190 Vienna, Austria
Tel. 0043 1 3189900 101

Marker Wadden restoration project

Markermeer (Lake Marken, 70,000 ha), situated in the centre of the Netherlands, is one of Europe’s largest fresh water lakes and a true paradise for (migratory) aquatic birds. Due to the construction of the Lelystad to Enkhuizen dike road in 1976, Lake Marken became separated from Lake IJssel. Originally it was planned to reclaim Lake Marken as the last polder in the IJssel area, but this idea was abandoned in 2003 in favor of nature development and fresh water storage. In the following decades the ecological quality in Lake Marken continuously deteriorated, as a consequence of high concentrations of suspended solids that were generated by erosion of silty sediments at the the bottom of the lake. creating anaerobic and dark conditions.

Funds (50 M€) have now been raised by the national and provincial governments as well as a grant from a national lottery, enabling an innovative restoration project aiming to create ”Wadden Sea” like islands by ‘building with sediments’. A 10,000 ha archipelago of artificial islands and sandbanks will be developed, creating diverse habitats (e.g. mud flats, reed marshes and marsh forests) for fish and aquatic bird life. Silt layers that have destroyed mussel banks by smothering will be removed and used as a building material. A ‘sediment engine’ will be created by dredging channels that are several metres deep, that will trap sediments and improve water quality. This ambitious restoration project is expected to start in 2016.

A short video (in Dutch) is available on the Marker Wadden restoration project.

Meeting Belgium and Dutch Ecosystem Services communities

On April 22nd 2014 the members of the BElgium Ecosystem Services (BEES) community and of the Netherlands Community of Practice on Ecosystem Services (CoP-ESD) – met in Antwerp, Belgium.

The aim of the meeting was to get to know each other better and explore if and where BEES and CoP-ESD can share ecosystem services experiences as neighbours. As European member states Belgium and the Netherlands both share the commitment to implement action 5 of the Biodiversity Strategy, which, amongst others, requires to assess and map the status and economic value of ecosystems and their services in our national territories.

At the meeting BEES and CoP-ESD discussed how to make the outcome of this shared activity of use to local and national policy practices, e.g. in support of sustainable, regional development. This resulted in a few concrete recommendations.

To enable the use in local and national policy practices of information on assessed and mapped ecosystems, their services and their economic value, BEES and CoP-ESD recommend:
●  The member states that perform national ecosystem assessments to provide inspiring examples that show the opportunities and benefits of using ecosystem services at different scales, thus demonstrating the potential of ecosystem services in practice to increase human well-being;
●  The European Commission and national governments to explicitly promote the incorporation of ecosystem services in relevant policies and legislation;
●  The European Commission and national governments to use the process of mapping and assessing of ecosystems and their services to trigger an open dialogue on various values of ecosystem services at local, regional and higher scale levels, taking into account who benefits and who faces the drawbacks;
●  All working in this field to stimulate the use of a common language, thus facilitating the communication with those involved in local and national policy practices as well as facilitating the assessment and mapping.
Regarding the assessment and mapping BEES and CoP-ESD recommend the member states:
●  Not to restrict the assessment and gathering of information to data that can be mapped, but also to use other data available such as text, tables, graphs, etc.;
●  To do the assessment and to develop, use and improve the maps interactively, i.e. together with end-users and other stakeholders. This will increase transparency and legitimacy;
●  To take into account different ways of valuation (including non-monetary) and different approaches by different stakeholders, without translating them into only one (monetary) unit;
●  To produce maps in a way that they are: (1) cross-validated; (2) clear about the conditions of use (purpose, limitations); (3) adaptable to user-needs without re-engineering, thus being modularly built and providing the possibility to scale-up, zoom, make overlays, add and extract data; and (4) easily accessible and useable, also by those who were not directly involved in the production;
●  To present the biophysical information both on the current situation and on the potential for sustainable use of ecosystem services under different management regimes and land-use options.

For further information please contact: Jos.Brils@Deltares.nl

2014 Riverprize

The International RiverFoundation is accepting applications for the 2014Australian Riverprize, IRF European Riverprize and Thiess International Riverprize awards.
Riverprize is the world’s most prestigious environmental award, giving recognition, reward and support to those who have developed and implemented outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management.
Applications can be submitted online , and any organisation involved in river, wetland, lake, or estuary restoration or protection is encouraged to apply for a Riverprize.
Applications will be judged by a panel of experts on criteria including the integration of programs, collaborative approaches and demonstrated achievements.
Click here for further information
Click here to apply now

The Thiess International Riverprize and Australian Riverprize applications closed on 9 May, whilst the European Riverprize applications close on 30 May.

CAP sediments: a new tool for a sustainable management of marine sediment

How to manage dredged marine sediments, polluted by trace contaminants, once stocked out of water?
The local authority (Conseil Général du Var) was pioneer on this topic, proposing the SEDIMARD83 project a few years ago. This project led to the setting up of a pilot treatment site in the Toulon Bay. More than sixty treatment combinations were successively tested to decontaminate the sediments and try to increase their value.

Now, the follow up of this project, which ended in 2009, is the building up of a marine sediments treatment center.
Another outcome of this project is the implementation of a digital library « CAP Sédiments », which aims to capitalize, to share, and popularize all the researches and works done on this topic since the beginning of the 2000’s in relation to Mediterranean sediments.

« CAP Sédiments » is a national scale French project, co-directed by INSA of Lyon (National Institute of Applied Sciences) and Insavalor Provademse ; supported by institutional partners, such as French Ministery of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.
A dedicated website has been launched in the end of 2013. Currently in French, its content will be soon extended to all the Mediterranean area and translated into English (« CAP Sédiments MED »).

For further information: www.cap-sediments.fr

New Contaminated Sediment Guidance Documents Published

Two new good practice guidance documents have been developed to assist contaminated sediment practitioners in Europe. The two documents are aimed at complementing existing publications in use globally, including SedNet publication Contaminated sediments in European river basins (2004). The first publication, Guidance on Characterising, Assessing and Managing Risks Associated with Potentially Contaminated Sediments: Report E1001 (Energy Institute and CONCAWE, 2013), draws together experience and learning from more than twenty years of investigation, assessment and remediation of sediment sites affected by contamination from across the globe, with a focus on the EU. It provides information and advice on the legislative and regulatory frameworks governing the assessment of sediment sites affected by contamination, an overview of a tiered assessment process which can be adopted, design of investigation strategies including selection of investigation tools, risk assessment tools and remediation solutions. A review of global experience in the risk management of contaminated sediment sites is also incorporated, with case studies and key points of learning from each example. The second, complementary publication, Supplementary Guidance for the Investigation and Risk-Assessment of Potentially Contaminated Sediments: A Companion Volume to Energy Institute / CONCAWE report E1001 (CONCAWE and Energy Institute, 2013) further investigates the techniques and solutions which can help reduce uncertainty in the assessment of potentially contaminated sediments. The publication promotes the use of an iterative process of Conceptual Site Model (CSM) development, data collection, data evaluation and CSM refinement. To aid development of the CSM, a detailed overview of the theory relating to contaminant sources, fate and transport and receptor exposure in the sediment environment is provided, alongside practical examples of data collection and analysis techniques to help draw meaningful conclusions. Risk-based assessment is described throughout the publication, entailing four tiers of assessment, which progress from a qualitative assessment (Tier 0) through to a detailed cause-attribution assessment (Tier 3). The publication also discusses the real challenge in quantifying actual risk – whether to humans or other living organisms – from contaminants in the sediment environment.

For further information, including copies of the publications, please contact the Energy Institute, CONCAWE, author Katy Baker (katy.baker@arcadis-uk.com) or technical advisor Jürgen Thomas (j.thomas@arcadis.de)

Upcoming events

11-15 May 2014: 24th Annual Meeting of SETAC, Basel, Switzerland, with sessions on “Sorption and bioavailability of organic chemicals: mechanisms and applications in innovative remediation”, “Effects of multiple stressors and salinization on aquatic ecosystems under water scarcity”
www.basel.setac.eu

19-22 May 2014: Battelle Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds (Monterey, California)
www.battelle.org

5-6 June 2014: South Baltic Conference on New Technologies and Recent Developments in Flood Protection, Gdańsk, Poland
www.dredgdikes.eu

1-5 September 2014: 15th World Lake Conference (WLC15), Perugia, Italy: “The Mirrors of the Earth – Balancing Ecosystem Integrity and Human Wellbeing”, organised by ILEC and USMA.
Call for Abstracts open until 31st March 2014.

3-5 September 2014: River Flow 2014 – International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, Lausanne, Switzerland.
http://riverflow2014.epfl.ch

9-10 September 2014: Workshop BEST – Durability of geo-constructions containing stabilised/solidified contaminated soils or sediments, Stockholm, Sweden.
Organised by the Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI) and Luleå University of Technology (LTU). Please register any eventual interest in enrolling by sending an e-mail at your earliest convenience, however no later than the 5th of June 2014, to Josef Mácsik, LTU/Ecoloop, josef.macsik@ecoloop.se

15-18 September 2014: The 17th International Riversymposium has an overarching theme of ‘Large River Basins’. There is hardly a better location to hold this conference than in Canberra in the Murray-Darling Basin – where much of Australia’s A$13 billion water reform implementation and large basin planning has occurred since 2007.
http://www.riversymposium.com

17-19 September 2014: 4th International Symposium on Sediment Management (I2SM), Ferrara, Italy
http://i2sm.remtechexpo.com

17-19 September 2014: 3th International Conference on Sustainable Remediation 2014, Ferrara, Italy
www.sustrem2014.com

22-26 September 2014: Littoral 2014 – Facing present and future coastal challenges.
Jointly organized by the Coastal Research & Planning Institute of Klaipeda University Marine Science & Technology Center, the Baltic States Office of EUCC – Coastal and Marine Union and Association Baltic Valley, Lithuania.
http://balticlagoons.net/littoral2014

14-15 October 2014: ESETAC Europe Special Science Symposium (SESSS) on the Bioavailability of organic chemicals: linking science to risk assessment and regulation.
Symposium will be held in Brussels. Programme available athttp://sesss10.setac.eu

20-21 October 2014: Final SCARCE International Conference: River Conservation under Water Scarcity: Integration of water quantity and quality in Iberian Rivers under global change, to be held in Tarragona, Spain. All information and online inscription can be found at the SCARCE web site:www.scarceconsolider.es

11-14 December 2014: IAHS/ICCE 2014 international symposium – Sediment Dynamics: From the Summit to the Sea, New Orleans, USA.
www.rnr.lsu.edu

12-15 January 2015: Battelle 8th International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, New Orleans, Louisiana USA.
www.battelle.org/sedimentscon

8-13 March 2015: ContaSed – International scientific conference on Contaminated Sediments: Environmental Chemistry, Ecotoxicology and Engineering, Switzerland.
ContaSed is co-organised by the Division of Chemistry and the Environment of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) and by Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. The conference venue will be at Monte Verità the meeting platform of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETH Zurich) near Ascona in Southern Switzerland: www.csf.ethz.ch
www.contased.org

9-12 June 2015: 13th International AquaConSoil Conference on sustainable use and management of soil, sediment and (ground)water resources, Copenhagen, Denmark
AquaConSoil is organized by Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and Deltares. Local co-organizer of the event is a consortium consisting of Danish scientists, policy makers, planners and practitioners, headed by the ATV Foundation of Soil and Groundwater.
www.aquaconsoil.org / LinkedIn Group AquaConSoil

6-9 September 2015: ECSA 55 – Unbounded boundaries and shifting baselines: Estuaries and coastal sees in a rapidly changing world, London, UK
More info will soon be announced at www.estuarinecoastalconference.com

Disseminated by:

SedNet secretariat:
Mrs. Marjan Euser
Deltares
P.O. Box 85467
NL-3508 AL Utrecht
The Netherlands
E-mail marjan.euser@deltares.nl

 

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CONTENTS

Moving Sediment Management Forward – The Four SedNet Messages
Next SedNet Conference in 2015 in Kraków, Poland
Developments membership SedNet Steering Group
Reuse of dredged material as a way to tackle societal challenges
SETAC Passive Sampling Methods Workshop papers
Marker Wadden – a ‘sediment engine’ building nature
Promoting Integrated Sediment Management (PRISMA)
EUROPE-INBO 2014 Conference on the implementation of the WFD
Upcoming events

Moving Sediment Management Forward – The Four SedNet Messages

SedNet started in 2002 as a Thematic Network on contaminated sediment, funded by the European Commission. Since 2005, SedNet has continued independently with partners from organisations representing science, management and administration. SedNet broadened its scope to cover all aspects of sediment, from the river to the sea.
During the last decade SedNet has organised eight international conferences. Two Round Table events brought together international experts from several European river basins.
Based on this experience and associated discussions, the SedNet core group identified four key messages related to sediment management and these are presented in the brochure “Moving Sediment Management Forward”.
The four key messages can be condensed to one overarching message: Sediments are an integral part of nature and aquatic systems; they are an important resource which needs protection and targeted management.
This brochure was prepared to promote the four key messages at European and national level. The reader is encouraged to make use of it. Enjoy reading the brochure, and SedNet will be happy to discuss sediment management directly with you!

Several case studies exemplify the key messages:
Case Danube (pdf)
Case Elbe (pdf)
Case Meuse (pdf)
Case Rhine (pdf)
Case Venice Lagoon (pdf)
Dredged Material Management (pdf)

Next SedNet Conference in 2015 in Kraków, Poland

Recently theme and date for the 9th International SedNet conference were defined.
The title of the conference is “Solving societal challenges; working with sediments“. Date of the conference is 23-26 September 2015.
Following is a preliminary list of topics that will be addressed during special sessions and lecture sessions:
– Understanding sediment fluxes and budgets on a river basin scale
– Restoring sediment continuity (WFD)
– Valuing sediments and their services
– Sediment quality and society
– Best practices in sediment management
– Dredged material management in rivers and lakes
– Building with dredged material
– Sediment management in mountainous regions
– Sediment in historical and recent mining areas
– Sediment issues Poland

The event will be hosted and co-organised by AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland.
In autumn a Call for Abstracts will be disseminated. Deadline for submission of abstracts will be January 2015. Please mark your diary!

Developments membership SedNet Steering Group

The SedNet Steering Group is pleased to announce that this spring a new member from the UK joined the team: Professor Adrian Collins – Rothamsted Research, UK.

Professor Collins has worked for over 20 years researching diffuse pollution, including sediment, from agriculture or additional sectors and its mitigation, focussing specifically on landscape or catchment scale studies and national scale extrapolation and scenario analyses. Whilst he has worked on quantifying individual aspects of catchment sediment budgets, and especially sediment sources using tracing procedures, his recent work has moved towards examining sediment impacts on aquatic ecology in the context of the WFD and assessing the efficacy of specific mitigation options supported by water quality policy using both empirical and modelling approaches. Some of his recent work has devised a candidate revised list of ‘basic measures’ for delivering the WFD in England and Wales and a national cross sector screening tool for identifying those water bodies where agricultural sediment and nutrient inputs are dominant compared to those from other sources and sectors. In the past, Professor Collins has re-written guidance for farmers on the use of riparian buffers for diffuse pollution mitigation in England and Wales in response to the EU CAP Health Check. He has recently led the development of a national scale framework for targeting the mitigation of agricultural sediment losses across England and Wales for the benefit of fish and macro-invertebrates, which can be used to help inform catchment-specific sediment management and pressure reduction targets. Professor Collins is currently leading the Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC) research platform on the Hampshire Avon and Tamar rivers in southern England which is testing suites of on-farm measures for reducing diffuse pollution including sediment and nutrients to protect aquatic ecology and help deliver WFD. He is also assistant director of the newly funded Sustainable Intensification Platform (SIP) in England and Wales exploring opportunities and risks for on-farm sustainable intensification at landscape scale.

Reuse of dredged material as a way to tackle societal challenges

Discussion article in the Journal of Soils and Sediments, by Jos Brils, Pieter de Boer, Jan Mulder and Elmert de Boer.

Sediment is a natural resource that provides the foundation for living, working and building in lowland delta areas. A sustainable society, therefore, reuses dredged material as a valuable resource. Such reuse matches perfectly to the philosophy of a circular economy. However, it is not yet a common practice.

In order to open a window of opportunity for entrepreneurs to create innovative, realistic market potential options for large scale reuse of dredged material, it is recommended to:
Improve knowledge about, and recognition of, the importance of sediment in its role of supporting functions and delivering (ecosystem) services in delta (and other similar) areas;
Use that knowledge to overcome bottlenecks for management (juridical as well as economic) to the reuse of dredged material. The desire to better couple supply and demand could be the starting point for a new, less complex, set of rules and procedures that can be tailored to regional situations. This will also create more space for entrepreneurship;
Make use of the ecosystem services concept to define the societal value of dredged material reuse; for example, how it can be integrated into a circular economy;
Use new projects and programmes, such as the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme (European Commission 2011), for experimentation, innovation and practical demonstration of the potential of the reuse of dredged material and other sediment resources.

Read more: http://link.springer.com

SETAC Passive Sampling Methods Workshop papers

The 6 articles resulting from the SETAC Technical Workshop organised in spring 2014 are now published open access in the Special Series: Passive Sampling Methods for Contaminated Sediments, appearing in Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (April 2014, Volume 10, Issue 2). Open access means that these articles are immediately free to read, download, and share at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.

This effort represented an unprecedented collaboration of the international community of PSM developers, practitioners, and decision-makers to reach consensus on their role in improving management of contaminated sediments.

Contact:
Jennifer Lynch, Publications Manager
SETAC | 229 South Baylen Street, 2nd Floor | Pensacola, Florida, 32502
Tel: +1 (850) 469 1500 x 109 | Email: jennifer.lynch@setac.org

Marker Wadden – a ‘sediment engine’ building nature

Markermeer (‘lake Marken’), in the direct vicinity of Amsterdam is a deteriorated 700 km² turbid lake with severe ecological problems.

NGO The Society for Nature Monuments initiated project ‘Marker Wadden’: to improve water quality and productivity of the lake by removing large quantities of fine sediment from the bottom of the lake and use the ecologically lifeless sludge as building material. This works both ways: the bottom of the lake would come to life again and it would produce nutrient-rich wetlands. The arising islands in turn would also literally come to life as shown in this artists’ impression:

The approach is unique and has never been applied on this scale anywhere in the world. In short: it is a new innovation in Dutch hydraulic engineering: “building with nature!”

‘Sediment engine’ – the technique explained…
By digging large ‘tidal’ channels at the right spot, the yoghurt-like sludge, which is now in a thin layer over some 500 square km of the bottom, would slide into the depth. A suction dredge will pump it to the mud fields and swamps on the lee side of an artificial reef. The ‘tidal’ channels would encircle the swamp, which keeps transport costs as low as possible.
Each time that nature (wind and water) moves the sludge into the tidal channels and fills them up, the next construction step can be made.
The building process will lead to a better understanding of the reef like constructions, intended to immobilize the sludge on the lee side. It is a learning process, intended to stimulate and try out innovative solutions and adjusting them in a step by step approach.

Contact
The Society for Nature Monuments in the Netherlands is trying to find participating partners / authorities and organizations with similar sludge and dredging problems in estuaries, harbours and river- or lake basins.

If you have similar problems, innovative solutions or are interested in room for experiment or to exchange knowledge, please contact the Society for Preservation of Nature Monuments (Natuurmonumenten)
phone +31 35 655 99 33 – www.markerwadden.nlinfo@markerwadden.nl

Promoting Integrated Sediment Management (PRISMA)

Waterways in the 2 Seas Programme Area are increasingly faced with environmental challenges. At the same time healthy and maintained waterways are the basis for social and economic activities. To be able to meet the environmental, economic and social requirements, the maintenance and quality of waterways will have to improve. The project Promoting Integrated Sediment Management aims to identify sustainable sediment management techniques, through various pilot projects and cross-border cooperation that is focussed on three core areas:
• Activity package 1: actions and investments to develop and to test adapted sediment methods to improve the dredging process.
• Activity package 2: actions and investments to develop and test innovative methods for the treatment of sediment.
• Activity package 3: actions and investments to improve and promote the reuse of dredged sediment.

The partnership comprised of Waterwegen en Zeekanaal (BE), Broads Authority (UK), Water Board of Schieland and Krimpenerwaard (NL) and Armines acting through Centre de Douai (FR). The diverse nature and origin of the partner organisations adds complementary experiences and expertise to the partnership.

 


Through a series of pilot projects carried out by the partners’ organisations a range of different dredging vessels were trialled in different environments and with different methods of sediment transport. The treatment of sediment was investigated, ranging from natural lagooning and the use of geotextile bags to dewater sediment, to the stabilisation and solidification of dredged sediment for the use in civil engineering applications. A sediment decision model was developed to assess the beneficial reuse potential of each specific type of sediment, based on particle size distribution and other geomechanical parameters. Finally various beneficial reuse options were assessed, for example agricultural reuse, habitat creation, floodbank strengthening and floodbank construction.

Overall the PRISMA project was successful in investigating the three core activity packages. For the partner organisations, PRISMA achieved to overcome many challenges and to identify solutions that can be utilised in the years to come. The individual pilot reports and overarching activity reports are available on the PRISMA website: www.prisma-projects.eu

William Coulet, PRISMA project manager for the Broads Authority.
PRISMA is partly financed by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund
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EUROPE-INBO 2014 Conference on the implementation of the WFD

The next and 12th “EUROPE-INBO 2014” international conference, organized by the “Group of European Basin Organizations for the Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive – WFD”, will take place, at the invitation of the Romanian Authorities on 12-15 November 2014,
in Bucharest, Romania.
This meeting, within the new context drawn by the European Commission “Blueprint”, will be organized around a preparatory workshop and 4 roundtables dealing with the updated issues of the field Implementation of the EU-WFD and other European water-related Directives.
Topics that will be dealt with: means for better integration of the processes, new measures to cope with the main challenges that are non-point source pollution, hydro-morphology, adaptation to climate change, prevention of droughts and floods, the need to get the stakeholders more involved in the implementation of these measures in the field, etc.
A preparatory workshop will take place on 12 November in the afternoon, dealing with River Restoration and Natural Water Retention Measures. It will aim to exchange on the practices used by the various Member States, to highlight the multiple benefits of these approaches, and to prepare recommendations on the way of implementing them. They will be presented at a plenary session the following day; this workshop is organized with the support of the European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR) and of the National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments (ONEMA, France); this work will be published later on.

For further details like: Call for Papers, registration, technical visit, simultaneous translation etc. see www.inbo-news.org

Upcoming events

1-5 September 2014: 15th World Lake Conference (WLC15), Perugia, Italy: “The Mirrors of the Earth – Balancing Ecosystem Integrity and Human Wellbeing”, organised by ILEC and USMA.
www.wlc15perugia.com

3-5 September 2014: River Flow 2014 – International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, Lausanne, Switzerland.
http://riverflow2014.epfl.ch

9-10 September 2014: Workshop BEST – Durability of geo-constructions containing stabilised/solidified contaminated soils or sediments, Stockholm, Sweden.
Organised by the Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI) and Luleå University of Technology (LTU). Please register any eventual interest in enrolling by sending an e-mail at your earliest convenience, however no later than the 5th of June 2014, to Josef Mácsik, LTU/Ecoloop, josef.macsik@ecoloop.se

15-18 September 2014: The 17th International Riversymposium has an overarching theme of ‘Large River Basins’. There is hardly a better location to hold this conference than in Canberra in the Murray-Darling Basin – where much of Australia’s A$13 billion water reform implementation and large basin planning has occurred since 2007.
http://www.riversymposium.com

17-19 September 2014: 4th International Symposium on Sediment Management (I2SM), Ferrara, Italy
http://i2sm.remtechexpo.com

17-19 September 2014: 3th International Conference on Sustainable Remediation 2014, Ferrara, Italy
www.sustrem2014.com

22-26 September 2014: Littoral 2014 – Facing present and future coastal challenges.
Jointly organized by the Coastal Research & Planning Institute of Klaipeda University Marine Science & Technology Center, the Baltic States Office of EUCC – Coastal and Marine Union and Association Baltic Valley, Lithuania.
http://balticlagoons.net/littoral2014

14-15 October 2014: ESETAC Europe Special Science Symposium (SESSS) on the Bioavailability of organic chemicals: linking science to risk assessment and regulation. Symposium will be held in Brussels.
Programme available at http://sesss10.setac.eu
Deadline for abstract submission: 16 September 2014.

20-21 October 2014: Final SCARCE International Conference: River Conservation under Water Scarcity: Integration of water quantity and quality in Iberian Rivers under global change, to be held in Tarragona, Spain.
Deadline vor abstract submission: 31 July 2014
All information and online inscription can be found at the SCARCE website:www.scarceconsolider.es

12-15 November 2014: 12th International “EUROPE-INBO 2014” Conference
on the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive, Bucarest, Romania
www.inbo-news.org

11-14 December 2014: IAHS/ICCE 2014 international symposium – Sediment Dynamics: From the Summit to the Sea, New Orleans, USA.
www.rnr.lsu.edu/icce2014

12-15 January 2015: Battelle 8th International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, New Orleans, Louisiana USA.
www.battelle.org/sedimentscon

8-13 March 2015: ContaSed – International scientific conference on Contaminated Sediments: Environmental Chemistry, Ecotoxicology and Engineering, Switzerland.
ContaSed is co-organised by the Division of Chemistry and the Environment of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) and by Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. The conference venue will be at Monte Verità the meeting platform of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETH Zurich) near Ascona in Southern Switzerland: www.csf.ethz.ch
Further information: www.contased.org

9-12 June 2015: 13th International AquaConSoil Conference on sustainable use and management of soil, sediment and (ground)water resources, Copenhagen, Denmark
AquaConSoil is organized by Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and Deltares. Local co-organizer of the event is a consortium consisting of Danish scientists, policy makers, planners and practitioners, headed by the ATV Foundation of Soil and Groundwater.
www.aquaconsoil.org / LinkedIn Group AquaConSoil

22-26 June 2015: IS.RIVERS – International conference Integrative Sciences and sustainable development of rivers – ZABR – Lyon, FRANCE, organised by GRAIE and ZABR
Call for papers will be launched in September 2014; deadline for abstracts submission: 1st December 2014
www.isrivers.org

6-9 September 2015: ECSA 55 – Unbounded boundaries and shifting baselines: Estuaries and coastal sees in a rapidly changing world, London, UK
More info will soon be announced at www.estuarinecoastalconference.com

23-26 September 2015: 9th International SedNet conference Solving societal challenges; working with sediments”, hosted and co-organised by AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland.
Call for Abstracts will be disseminated autumn 2014.
www.sednet.org

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SedNet secretariat:
Mrs. Marjan Euser
Deltares
P.O. Box 85467
NL-3508 AL Utrecht
The Netherlands
E-mail marjan.euser@deltares.nl

 

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Newsletter – October 2014

Website: www.sednet.org
Compiled by: Marjan Euser (marjan.euser@deltares.nl)
Subscription Service: SedNet Secretariat (marjan.euser@deltares.nl)
Disclaimer: SedNet is not responsible for faults due to incorrectness of info in this newsletter.
Previous issues: www.sednet.org/newsletterCONTENTS

9th International SedNet Conference, 23-26 September 2015, Krakow, Poland
Developments membership SedNet Steering Group
Towards Practical Guidance for Sustainable Sediment Management using the Sava River Basin as a Showcase; Estimation of Sediment Balance for the Sava River
ITRC Publishes New Guidance Document on Contaminated Sediments Remediation
Review on the International Magdeburger Seminar on River Protection, held on 18-19 September 2014, Špindlerův Mlýn, Czeck Republic
Improving coastal knowledge transfer between researchers and managers: a two-way route
Former ‘Sewer of Europe’ wins 2014 Thiess International Riverprize
8th Rostock dredging seminar– expert meeting
Upcoming events

9th International SedNet Conference, 23-26 September 2015, Krakow, Poland

The next SedNet conference will be held on 23-26 September 2015 in Krakow, Poland. Theme of the conference is “Solving societal challenges; working with sediments”. The Call for Abstracts is now open! Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 2015.
See for the full text of the Call and the template for abstracts:www.sednet.org.

The conference is hosted and co-organized by the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, AGH University of Science and Technology.

Call for Abstracts
SedNet would be pleased to receive abstracts for oral or poster presentation, addressing one or more of the following topics:
– Sediments and society
– Valuing sediments and their services
– Sediment quality and perception
– Understanding sediment fluxes and budgets on a river basin scale
– Restoring sediment continuity (WFD)
– Best practices in sediment management
– Dredged material management in rivers and lakes
– Building with dredged material
– Sediment management in mountainous regions
– Sediment in historical and recent mining areas
– Sediment issues in Poland

Abstracts on these topics will preferably point out the link between society and sediments and relate to its ecosystem functions. Also process-related studies of sediment transport and budget in rivers are welcome that help to understand the sediment-water-soil system. The meaning of effect-oriented research will be a topic as well as the identification of future challenges and perspectives.

Abstracts will be selected by the SedNet Steering Group either for platform presentation or for poster presentation.

Please see www.sednet.org for the template for submission of abstracts to the SedNet Secretariat: marjan.euser@deltares.nl

Deadline
Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 2015.

Developments membership SedNet Steering Group

The SedNet Steering Group is pleased to announce that recently three new members joined the team:

OVAM – Public Waste Agency of Flanders
Mrs Goedele Vanacker

OVAM is the Public Waste Agency of Flanders. OVAM was initially only responsible for waste management and waste prevention, but later on soil remediation was included as well. OVAM works out and implements its soil and waste policy.
In 1995, Flanders got a more specific legislation on soil remediation: the soil remediation decree. This decree provides the Flemish government with a powerful instrument to fight historical as well as recent soil pollution. OVAM has set a number of priorities in its soil policy, and one of them is the remediation of polluted sediments in accordance with the European Water Framework Directive. SedNet can provide OVAM with a network that can help OVAM to tackle polluted sediments by giving scientific insight, by working together on policy making, and by opening our eyes for all sediment related issues so that we can work towards a holistic approach. I, myself, really like the saying: ‘If you work hard, you add up. If you co-operate, you multiply… ‘ .

Flemish Government, Dept. Mobility and Public Works
Mrs Astrid Van Vosselen

In Flanders we aim at an integral, source oriented approach of the water system. As the soil (under water) and sediment are part of this water system, a good management of the soil and the sediment present in rivers is absolutely part of this aim.
The final goal is to recover the natural sediment balance of rivers and to obtain a good quality of the river system.
For the Department of Mobility and Public Works the navigability of waterways is of course of major importance. But as a member of the Coordination Commission of Integrated Water management, all aspects of sediment management are taken into account. Besides several of these aspects, like quantitative and qualitative prevention, will have a positive impact on the amount and quality of dredged material.

cd2e, France
Mrs Samira Brakni

cd2e (Centre de Développement d’Eco Entreprises) is an eco-transition cluster which is an active stakeholder and very involved in the Nord/Pas-de-Calais region (in North of France) in several fields of competence. The cd2e team is composed of 32 experts in various fields. Waste recycling is one of the fields on which cd2e is a main stakeholder. In this set of fields, reusing dredged material is a subject on which the cd2e has worked for more than ten years with other main stakeholders such as School of Mines Douai and the Regional Council of Nord/Pas-de-Calais. cd2e is one among the 5 partners of the national approach SEDIMATERIAUX for management and reuse of dredged sediment.
cd2e manages the Resource Center SEDILAB (Sediment Laboratory) on the reuse and on the ground management of dredged sediment. SEDILAB was launched in June 2013; for its missions and objectives seewww.sedilab.com. More information on www.cd2e.com.

Towards Practical Guidance for Sustainable Sediment Management using the Sava River Basin as a Showcase;
Estimation of Sediment Balance for the Sava River

The Sava River Basin is shared by five countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia, while a negligible part of the basin area also extends to Albania.
Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia are Parties of the Framework Agreement on the Sava River Basin (FASRB). The implementation body of the FASRB is the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) which is responsible for development of joint plans and programs regarding the sustainable water management among others.
ISRBC has developed the Protocol on Sediment Management to the FASRB which affirms the need for efficient cooperation among the Parties and for promotion of sustainable sediment management (SSM) solutions. To respond to the above mentioned needs, a project Towards Practical Guidance for Sustainable Sediment Management using the Sava River Basin as a Showcase has been launched upon the initiative of UNESCO Venice Office, together with the UNESCO International Sediment Initiative (ISI), European Sediment Network (SedNet) and the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) aiming to develop and validate a practical guidance on how to achieve a SSM Plan on the river-basin scale, using the Sava River Basin as a showcase. The project Estimation of Sediment Balance for the Sava River (BALSES) has been implemented by the core expert group which has analysed the sediment balance for the main Sava River course, considering the input from the main tributaries, and thus to form a basis for sustainable transboundary sediment and water management.

The full document about the Estimation of Sediment Balance for the Sava River can be downloaded from the website of the International Sava River Basin Commission www.savacommission.org and is also available viawww.sednet.org.

ITRC Publishes New Guidance Document onContaminated Sediments Remediation

Remediation of contaminated sediments commonly targets the complimentary goals of protecting human health and the environment and restoring impaired environmental resources to beneficial use. Remediating contaminated sediment sites is challenging from a technical and risk-management perspective. A new ITRC web-based guidance document presents a remedy selection framework for contaminated sediments to help project managers evaluate remediation technologies and develop remediation alternatives based on site-specific data. General categories of contaminated sediment remedial technologies covered in the guidance document include monitored natural recovery (MNR) and enhanced monitored natural recovery (EMNR), in situ treatment, capping (conventional and amended), and removal (dredging and excavation). Additional factors that need to be considered as part of the evaluation process are summarized (e.g. feasibility, cost, stakeholder and local governments concerns, and others).

This new ITRC guidance document can be accessed at www.itrcweb.org. ITRC offers a free corresponding Internet-based training course on contaminated sediment remediation as well.

Review on the International Magdeburger Seminar on River Protection, held on 18-19 September 2014, Špindlerův Mlýn, Czeck Republic

Already for the third time the International Magdeburger Seminar on River Protection took place at the origin of the River Elbe in Špindlerův Mlýn, Czeck Republic. The 16th edition of the traditional seminar, which was initiated in Magdeburg in 1988, focused on the state of the river Elbe and new challenges.

During the opening ceremony, the ICPER Sediment Management Conceptwas officially presented and made available to all participants by ICPER President Dr Helge Wendenburg. Due to the effort of an expert working group, this concept was released in time to have an impact on the second management cycle of the Water Framework Directive. It contains recommendations for a good sediment management practice within the Elbe riverbasin for achieving supra regional objectives. It is available for download at the ICPER website.

At the seminar more than 150 experts from the Czech and German part of the Elbe discussed about the state, quality and need for remediation of the Elbe. Meteorological extreme events have been a rising issue in recent years. Also results of several studies carried out under the scope of the ELSA project were highlighted, representing the work of the past years in which a solid basis for projects to follow was established. Examples are the optimization of the Mulde reservoir for keeping contaminated sediments from the Elbe, but also the remediation of parts of the Bilina tributary. Also further issues dealing with aquatic life and habitat as well as hydromorphology were part of the discussion.

The post program of the conference had three excursions to offer, one of them taking the participants to a very special place – the symbolic spring of the river Elbe within the giant mountains which was well-regarded by everybody.

Conference material, including presentations given, will be made available at www.ikse-mkol.org.

The next International Magdeburger Seminar on River Protection was announced to be held in October 2016 in the city of Dresden, Germany. Main topics will be urban waters and its management.

More information about the Elbe:
Projekt Schadstoffsanierung Elbesedimente www.elsa-elbe.de
International Elbe Protection Commission www.ikse-mkol.org
German Elbe River Board www.fgg-elbe.de

Improving coastal knowledge transfer between researchers and managers: a two-way route

It is well recognized that the scientific knowledge on coastal dynamics should contribute to coastal zone management. However, so far, generation of data on coastal processes has been conducted almost exclusively by the research community. Therefore, the data sets and results are made available in ways that suit that community, but frequently preclude direct application in coastal management. Moreover, managers have an empirical knowledge and detained a plethora of site-specific information about the coast that can be highly valuable for researchers, which is often overlooked by the research community. In October 2013, the SedNet community was invited to participate in a survey that addressed this topic under the theme of Coastal Knowledge Transfer Between Researchers and Managers. Results now available from this study show that assuring that coastal research is a source of application-oriented knowledge is an ambition shared by researchers and managers. Also, although the standard communication process is usually linear and takes place in a one-way route, since coastal managers can also be relevant knowledge generators, knowledge transfer will strongly benefit from adopting a two-way route approach. Improving coastal knowledge transfer will imply an effort to overcome existing gaps in the communication process namely in fostering the existing mechanisms to improve knowledge transfer such as the use of coastal indicators, the existence of linkage agents, the development of managers oriented-tools, tools to support self-acquisition data, and further “get-together” mechanisms: meetings and seminars involving researchers and managers. A key finding was that the perception of coastal researchers and managers concerning gaps in knowledge transfer reflects an unexpected general agreement: this proximity can constitute a major opportunity in bridging these communities together and in the implementation of a two-way route communication approach, thus increasing and improving the role of managers in the coastal knowledge transfer processes.
The authors warmly thank the participation of those who have the possibility to contribute to this study. For further information please contact Mafalda Carapuço (e-mail mmcarapuco@fc.ul.pt).

Source: Carapuço, MM., Taborda, R., Andrade, C., Freitas, MC. 2014. Improving coastal knowledge transfer between researchers and managers: a two-way route. In: Cessa, M. (ed). Beaches: Erosion, Management Practices and Environmental Implications. ISBN 978-1-63117-239-7.

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Former ‘Sewer of Europe’ wins 2014 Thiess International Riverprize

International RiverFoundation has awarded the 2014 Thiess International Riverprize to the River Rhine.
The award was presented in front of river professionals from all over the world at the Riverprize Gala Dinner, held in conjunction with the International Riversymposium in Canberra, Australia, on Tuesday 16 September.The International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR) received the award for bringing Europe’s River Rhine back to life following a devastating chemical accident in 1986, which wiped out nearly all biological life. Prior to the accident, industrialisation and burgeoning populations had already caused major degradation to the river and as early as the 1960s, the Rhine, which flows through six countries, was notoriously known as the “sewer of Europe”.

Mr Gustaaf Borchardt, President of the ICPR, said “we are most pleased to have been awarded the Thiess International Riverprize in the name of all those cooperating in the ICPR. This prize is an incentive to start working on future challenges, such as the effects of climate change, micro-pollutants and the further improvement of fish migration in the Rhine catchment.”

The River Rhine was awarded the IRF European Riverprize in 2013, and therefore automatically qualified as a finalist in the Thiess International Riverprize this year. The Rhine trumped the Glenelg River (Australia), the San Antonio River (USA) and the Petitcodiac River (Canada) to take home the top award.

The restoration of the Rhine has taken the best part of a century, and involved extensive transboundary river management and cooperation. Now, almost all of the 58 million inhabitants of the Rhine catchment are connected to urban wastewater treatment plants, water quality has improved considerably and inventories show that fish species composition in the Rhine is almost back to what is was before the chemical spill.

Mr Borchardt and Dr Anne Schulte-Wülwer-Leidig, Deputy Head of Secretariat at the ICPR, were spending the week in Canberra at the 17th International Riversymposium, where they have presented a case study on the River Rhine to an audience of over 400 river experts from 28 countries around the world. The ICPR have also commenced knowledge exchange activities as part of their 2013 European Riverprize win.

The International RiverFoundation awards the prestigious Thiess International Riverprize annually, giving recognition, reward and support to those who have developed and implemented outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management.

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8th Rostock dredging seminar– expert meeting

The dredged material seminar which took place in Rostock, Germany, 24 to 25 September 2014, was again a great success. In the year 2000 the first Rostock dredging seminar was organised and it is still the only nationwide periodic event on dredging and dredged material management. This conference is an established event and is organized by the Steinbeis Transfer Centre of Applied Landscape Planning under the auspices of the technical committee on dredged material of the HTG (German Port Technology Association) and the University of Rostock. The conference addresses scientists, authorities and industries and brings together the different scientific fields to develop the German dredged material management efficiently and sustainably.

The lectures cover the most recent research and development in the field of dredging in Germany, however, brainstorming and discussion of the different aspects of the dredged material management are equally important aims of the seminar. We understand the Rostock seminar as an innovative platform to establish contacts and to bring new ideas up to a level where they will actually be brought into action.

This year over 100 participants mostly from Germany were informed about the Dutch legislative framework for (re)use of dredged material. In the key note presentation Mr. Molenaar (senior advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment / Rijkswaterstaat) pointed out a change in the policy and legislation for reuse of dredged material in the Netherlands. Another main topic was the application of dredged material in dike construction with lectures from Hamburg, informing about a long-term field test in the Hamburg harbour, and from Rostock, with the latest news from the EU project DredgDikes (www.dredgdikes.eu). Also, aspects of remediation/restoration of fresh waters and the application of ripened dredged materials in agriculture were presented.

The 9th Rostock dredged material seminar will be hold prospective at 27 to 28 September 2016. As yet the idea is to discuss sustainable dredging and reuse together with the environmental authorities during the next event. Stakeholders from Denmark could give an insight view in their dredged material handling and nature conservation. The second prospective aspect is to show how divergent topics –e.g. the need for onshore deposition in dewatering fields and the creation of habitats for wading birds– can be joined. Finally, there shall be presentations showing what is going on in science regarding the potential of contaminant release from dredged materials.

Upcoming events

14-15 October 2014: SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium (SESSS) on the Bioavailability of organic chemicals: linking science to risk assessment and regulation.
Symposium will be held in Brussels. Programme available athttp://sesss10.setac.eu

20-21 October 2014: Final SCARCE International Conference: River Conservation under Water Scarcity: Integration of water quantity and quality in Iberian Rivers under global change, to be held in Tarragona, Spain. All information and online inscription can be found at the SCARCE website:www.scarceconsolider.es

27-29 October 2014: 6th European River Restoration Conference in Vienna, Austria.
www.errc2014.eu

12-15 November 2014: 12th International “EUROPE-INBO 2014” Conference
on the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive, Bucarest, Romania
www.inbo-news.org

11-14 December 2014: IAHS/ICCE 2014 international symposium – Sediment Dynamics: From the Summit to the Sea, New Orleans, USA.
www.rnr.lsu.edu

12-15 January 2015: Battelle 8th International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, New Orleans, Louisiana USA.
www.battelle.org

22-27 February 2015: ASLO – Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Granda, Spain. Special Session (SS114) on Multiple stressors in river ecosystems: challenges for conservation and management.
http://sgmeet.com/aslo/granada2015/

8-13 March 2015: ContaSed – International scientific conference on Contaminated Sediments: Environmental Chemistry, Ecotoxicology and Engineering, Switzerland.
ContaSed is co-organised by the Division of Chemistry and the Environment of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) and by Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. The conference venue will be at Monte Verità the meeting platform of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETH Zurich) near Ascona in Southern Switzerland: www.csf.ethz.ch
Deadline for Abstract Submission is 31 October 2014.
Further information: www.contased.org

3-7 May 2015: SETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting in Barcelona. Miscellaneous scientific themes for which abstracts can be submitted before 26 November 2014 via www.barcelona.setac.org

4-5 June 2015: Marine sand and gravel – finding common ground; EMSAGG 2015 Conference in Delft, the Netherlands

9-12 June 2015: 13th International AquaConSoil Conference on sustainable use and management of soil, sediment and (ground)water resources, Copenhagen, Denmark
AquaConSoil is organized by Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and Deltares. Local co-organizer of the event is a consortium consisting of Danish scientists, policy makers, planners and practitioners, headed by the ATV Foundation of Soil and Groundwater.
The Call for Abstracts is now open. Deadline for abstract submission is 30 November 2014.
Further information: www.aquaconsoil.org

22-26 June 2015: IS.RIVERS – International conference Integrative Sciences and sustainable development of rivers – ZABR – Lyon, FRANCE, organised by GRAIE and ZABR
Call for abstracts is now open.
Full details about the conference and the call for papers can be found at:www.isrivers.org
A declaration of intent must be filled out before October 30, 2014 using the electronic form available here.
The final communication can be sent from October 31st, to December 1st, 2014.

6-9 September 2015: ECSA 55 – Unbounded boundaries and shifting baselines: Estuaries and coastal sees in a rapidly changing world, London, UK
Abstracts for presentations can be submitted until 27 March 2015.
ECSA are inviting delegates to propose and convene special organised sessions for ECSA 55.
Deadline for proposing a session: Monday 3 November 2014.www.estuarinecoastalconference.com

7-11 September 2015: PIANC-SMART Rivers Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Conference Topics are: information services and technology for inland waterway transport, international and transboundary collaboration in inland waterway transport and river management, integration of inland waterway transport in the inter modal supply chain, inland waterway transport and the environment (including climate change), inland ports and waterways, hydraulic structures, multi purpose use of river systems (e.g. transport, energy, etc.), operational management & maintenance of waterways, case studies of big fluvial navigation systems, inland recreational navigation and waterfront areas
Call for abstracts closes January 1, 2015.
See www.pianc.org.ar or contact smartrivers2015@aadip.org.ar for any questions regarding PIANC-SMART Rivers 2015.

23-26 September 2015: 9th International SedNet Conference: Solving societal challenges: working with sediments, Kraków, Poland.
Hosted and co-organised by AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland.
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 15 January 2015.
More info here.

Preliminary dates 2016

27-28 September 2016: the 9th Rostock dredged material seminar will be hold prospectively on 27 to 28 September 2016, Rostock, Germany. Documents about the previous seminar can be found at
www2.auf.uni-rostock.de

October 2016: International Magdeburger Seminar on River Protection, to be held in in the city of Dresden, Germany. Main topics will be urban waters and its management.
www.ikse-mkol.org

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SedNet secretariat:
Mrs. Marjan Euser
Deltares
P.O. Box 85467
NL-3508 AL Utrecht
The Netherlands
E-mail marjan.euser@deltares.nl

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Belgium
TILES — Transnational and Integrated Long-term Marine Exploitation Strategies
long-term use of marine sands, in the framework of sediments in circular economy
EU Organizations
DG Environment
European Commission – Directorate-General Environment
EEA
European Environment Agency
EU–LIFE
Financial Instrument for the Environment
EU Water Framework Directive – integrated river basin management for Europe
Official EU site for the Water Framework Directive
European Union Law
The portal to European Union law
ICZM
Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Program of the EU
Water Information System for Europe
Water policy in the European Union
Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform
EU Projects
AQEM
Development and Testing of an Integrated Assessment System for the Ecological Quality of Streams and Rivers throughout Europe using Benthic Macroinvertebrates. EU contract EVK1-CT-1999-00027.
EUGRIS
European Groundwater and Contaminated Land Information System. EU contract EVK1-CT-2002-80021.
IMMERSE (Implementing Measures for Sustainable Estuaries) aims to accelerate the implementation of large-scale measures that address multiple estuary management challenges, while increasing their cost-efficiency and enhancing stakeholder commitment. The project is co-funded by the Interreg North Sea Region Programme.
INSPIRATION
INSPIRATION is funded by the European Horizon2020 programme. It is aimed at establishing a strategic research agenda on soil, land-use and land management in Europe.
LILAR – Living-Lab Rhine
The partners of the LILAR project will strengthen the cross-border efforts to measure sediment characteristics by collecting different measuring methods, organising a joint measurement campaign, analysing and discussing the results of the campaign in a cross border stakeholder workshop and sharing the results in a joint position paper. The paper will be disseminated amongst the relevant stakeholders in the Rhine region. A joint approach on measuring methods will thus contribute to the strengthening of overall German-Dutch river management.
MAPO European Marine Pollution Network
The project gathers a wide range of actors who are committed to sensibilizing and supporting innovative SMEs to take part to European projects/networks in the field of marine pollutions.
Narmena (NAture-based Remediation of MEtal pollutants in Nature Areas to increase water storage capacity). This LIFE project runs from 2019-2025.  
Paralia Nature
Large European ports are involved in expansion plans while at the same time they are located within or in proximity of protected nature. This causes dilemmas between economic development and nature conservation. The Paralia Nature project is meant for the exchange of experiences and information on the development of practical and applicable solutions regarding these dilemma’s.
REFORM (REstoring rivers FOR effective catchment Management)
The final results of the FP7 project REFORM (REstoring rivers FOR effective catchment Management) are all available online. The project ended October 2015.
SIMONA – Sediment-quality Information, Monitoring and Assessment System to support transnational cooperation for joint Danube Basin water management
An INTERREG Transnational Danube Programme project.
SOLUTIONS
This EU project deals with a wide range of organic chemicals that are not (yet) listed as priority substances nor play any other role in the WFD.
Sullied Sediments
The aim of this INTERREG project is to enable regulators and water managers to make better decisions with regard to sediment management, removal and disposal, thereby reducing economic costs and the impact of pollutants on the environment.
SURICATES
An INTERREG project for finding new large scale solutions for sediment reuse in NWE ports, waterways and coastlines. Project started in 2017.
TIDE project of the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme: integrated management of tidal rivers in the North Sea Region
VALSE project of the Interreg V France-Wallonia-Flanders: new transboundary means for the validation of scenarios for the valorisation of sediments and other materials
Germany
Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde
Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde (in German).
Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau
German Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute
Bundesumweltministerium
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
Fachausschuss Baggergut
Fachausschuss Baggergut (in German).
Umwelt Online
German Environmental Legislation (in German).
Umweltbundesambt
German Federal Environmental Agency (in German).
Wasser- und Schifffahrtsverwaltung des Bundes (in German)
Wasserblick
German Information about EU-WFD (in German).
International organizations, Conventions
CEDA – Central Dredging Association
CEDA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental, professional society serving Europe, Africa and the Middle-East.
Common Waddensea Secretariat
The Netherland, Germany and Denmark coordinate their activities and measures for a comprehensive protection of the Wadden Sea.
DANUBIUS-RI
The International Centre for Advanced Studies on River-Sea Systems.
DGE
Dutch-German Exchange on Dredged Material. DGE doesn’t have a website; alle DGE-publications can be found in the DGE Corner.
ECESP
European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform
ECSA
Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association
ERN
European Rivers Network
ESPO
The European Sea Ports Organisation.
EuDA
European Dredging Association.
EuroGeoSurveysWho we are and what we do?
HELCOM
Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission
HydroSedinet
International network fostering collaboration between those involved in sediment management including hydropower companies, utilities, manufacturers, consulting firms, universities and research institutions, governmental agencies, NGOs and financial institutions.
IADC – International Association of Dredging Companies
Umbrella organisation of private dredging contractors.
IKSE
International Commission for the Protection of the Elbe
INBO
International Network of Basin Organizations.
International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine
Since 1950, the countries along the Rhine co-operate under the roof of the ICPR to jointly protect the Rhine.
International Maritime Organisation
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the specialised agency of the United Nations with responsibility for safety and security at sea and the prevention of marine pollution from ships.
IECA
International Erosion Control Association, a non-profit, member organization that provides education, resource information and business opportunities for professionals in the erosion and sediment control industry.
NICOLE
NICOLE is a leading forum on contaminated land management in Europe, promoting co-operation between industry, academia and service providers on the development of sustainable technologies.
NORMAN
Network of reference laboratories for monitoring of emerging environmental pollutants
OSPAR
Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic.
PIANC – International Navigation Association
The International Navigation Association (PIANC) is a worldwide non-political and non-profit making technical and scientific organization of private individuals, corporations and national governments.
See also PIANC’s Think Climate initiative “Navigating a Changing Climate Action Plan” Think Climate
Sediments Research Community
Web community for sediments research and management.
UNESCO-ISI
The International Sediment Initiative (ISI) is a global initiative to assess erosion and sediment transport to marine, lake or reservoir environments aimed at the creation of a holistic approach for the remediation and conservation of surface waters, closely linking science with policy and management needs.
WASER
World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research.
Water JPI
Water challenges for a changing world.
Journals
Dredging news online
Marine Sand and Gravel Information Service.
JSS
Journal of Soils and Sediments.
Terra et Aqua
The official quarterly publication of IADC.
The Netherlands
Baggernet
Dutch Dredging Network (in Dutch).
Waterbodem
Information and news about sediments (in Dutch).
UK
The Broads Authority Sediment Management
The Broads Authority, as navigation authority, has adopted a river catchment approach to sediment management. The aim is to provide a means of ensuring the sustainable long-term management of sediment within the Broads.
The River Restoration Centre
A national information and advisory centre on all aspects of river restoration and enhancement, and sustainable river management.
USA and Canada
Environment Canada / Sediments
Environment Canada’s Internet resource for weather and environmental information.
Lower Passaic River Restoration Project
The Lower Passaic River Restoration Project begins with a study of the environmental conditions of the river. The study will produce a plan of action to achieve the goals of the Project.
Tomales Bay Watershed Council
California watershed council, an all stake holder and all agency problem solving group in Northern California 45 miles from San Francisco in Western Marin County.
US EPA Contaminated sediment in water
US Environtal Protection Agency, Contaminated sediment in water.
US EPA Great Lakes / Contaminated Sediments Program
US EPA Great Lakes Contaminated Sediments Program.
Various
EURODICAUTOM
European Terminology Database
Soil Erosion Site
The Soil Erosion Site is primarily an information gateway for soil erosion. It aims to bring together a wide variety of material relating to all aspects of soil erosion.

 

 

 

 

 

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