WaterChain reduces inflows of nutrients and hazardous substances ending up in the Baltic Sea.
The project has two main approaches:
* Raising awareness on the effects of everyday actions to the Baltic Sea and introducing various means to reduce the chemical and nutrient load.
* Reducing the inflow of nutrients and hazardous substances by utilizing environmental technology.
WaterChain is coordinated by the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland, and carried out by nine partners: Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland; Pyhäjärvi Institute, Finland; Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland; KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden; Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia; Estonian Environmental Research Centre, Estonia; Riga Technical University, Latvia; Institute for Environmental Solutions, Latvia; Åland Waterwork Ltd., Finland.
The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Interreg Central Baltic –programme. The duration of WaterChain is 2015 – 2018.
More information about the project can be found at Waterchain website http://waterchain.eu/.
In the river Eurajoki catchment area, the activities within the water protection work are carried out in close co-operation with the stakeholders. The water protection work and actions in the Eurajoki catchment area are based on scientific research and results, and long time monitoring data.
Nature-based solutions have been used in the area in reducing nutrient load:
* Sustainable agriculture
* Constructed (man-made) wetlands
* Sedimentation ponds in streams
* Nutrient catching filters, installed in ditches.
Also, close co-operation with the municipalities' sewage water treatment plants is included in water protection work.
There are two local voluntary restoration programmes which operate in the area:
* Lake Pyhäjärvi Protection Fund - Pyhäjärven suojeluohjelma
* River Eurajoki Fund – JOKIohjelma.