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A Small Step for SIMONA, a Big Leap for the Danube Basin Harmonised Sediment Quality Monitoring: Standard Sediment Sampling Kit Delivery Started

SIMONA: EU Interreg Danube Transnational Programme Project: Sediment-quality Information, Monitoring and Assessment System to Support Transnational Cooperation for Joint Danube Basin Water Management 

The delivery of the SIMONA Standard Sediment Quality Sampling Kit to each of the 12 Danube Countries (government agencies responsible for sediment quality monitoring under the Water Framework Directive) started last week. The first kit was delivered to the General Directorate of Water Management (OVF), Budapest, Hungary.



The main conclusions of SIMONA published in the latest issue of DanubeWatch magazineDanubeWatch is the official magazine of ICPDR – International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (See P.9). Including: significant gaps exist in the sediment quality sampling, laboratory and evaluation procedures in the Danube Basin; sediments are highly site-specific requiring site-specific monitoring approach; long-term regular sediment quality monitoring at selected key sites is essential; introduction of inter-laboratory trials and regular training on sampling and analysis is an immediate need.

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