WaterChain - Pilot watersheds as a practical tool to reduce the harmful inflows into the Baltic Sea

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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 partnersWaterChain 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/.

 


 

 
Pilot area: River Eurajoki catchment

Eurajoki catchment hotspotsIn 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.

 
Results and more detailed information on water quality of the Eurajoki catchment.