Sediment monitoring in NAWA SPEZ 2017
The pollution of our surface waters with plant protection products presents a challenge for water protection. The Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the cantons have established a monitoring programme called National Surface Water Quality Monitoring Network (NAWA) to evaluate the status and trends of water quality in Swiss surface waters. In the context of this monitoring programme the project NAWA SPEZ 2017 focuses on pesticide pollution in small streams situated in areas with extensive agricultural use. Supplementing the two previous NAWA SPEZ projects more information will be gathered on the temporal and special variability of pollution.
Plants protection products are not always dissolved in streams but, depending on the chemical properties of the compounds and their behaviour in the system, can also be present bound to particulate matter. The Ecotox Centre will complement the chemical monitoring of surface waters in the project with chemical and ecotoxicological effect monitoring of suspended matter and bed sediments. The project will run between March and October 2017, with regular monitoring of 5 different streams all over Switzerland on a monthly base.
The following sites will be investigated:
Canton Bern: Site Schalunen
Canton Basel-Land: Site Weierbach
Canton Fribourg: Site Bainoz
Canton Schaffhausen: Site Hallau
Canton Thurgau: Eschelisbach
Applied test systems
- Sediment Contact Test with Heterocypris incongruens
- Sediment Contact Test with Myriophyllum aquaticum
- Sediment Contact Test with Chironomus riparius
- Sediment Contact Test with Hyalella azteca