Estonian and Russian scientists will start developing water quality criteria for the Narva River
Water and environmental engineering scientists of Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) in cooperation with colleagues from Russia are looking for a solution how to reduce uncertainty in estimation of the Narva River runoff and the pollution load from the river basin.
The next meeting of the project is planned in Pushkino, May 2019.
The goal of scientists is to find out how much phosphorus, nutrients or heavy metals are carried by the Narva River into the Gulf of Finland. For this, it is necessary to determine the daily flow of the river. The problem, however, is that researchers do not have a common understanding of quality criteria for water evaluation.
Though Estonian and Russian scientists have different views on water status assessment, there is a common view that further research is needed.
The objective of the project is to develop a common calculation methodology for the transboundary Narva River, which allows to assess the water quantity and water quality with sufficient accuracy and to make recommendations for more effective measures to reduce pollution load from both countries.
Environmental awareness and increasing cooperation are also being addressed. Eight environmental events, information days, participation in ecological conferences in Estonia and Russia are planned, as well as public presentation of the project results.The lead partner of the project is TalTech’s water and environmental engineering research group of the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture; partners from Russian Federation are Russian Federal State Budgetary Institution “State Hydrological Institute” and St. Petersburg’s State geological unitary enterprise "Mineral". There are two more associated partners – one from Estonia is the Department of City Maintenance of Narva City Government and from Russia is the Ivangorod City Government Administration.
Opening of the Project took place in Tallinn on March 25-26. Estonian and Russian leading specialists and experts from the water sector, representatives of the Estonian Ministry of the Environment and the Environment Agency, representatives of HELCOM from Estonia, Finland and Russia, members of the Estonia-Russia Joint Commission on the Protection and Sustainable Use of Transboundary Water Bodies from Estonia and Russia, Estonia-Russia Cross Border Cooperation Program 2014-2020 representative and Head of Water Resources Department at Nevsky-Ladozski River Basin Government in Pskov Oblast were invited to the event. The occasion gathered together 30 people.
For estimation of the Narva River status, the Estonia-Russia Joint Commission on the Protection and Sustainable Use of Transboundary Water Bodies and HELCOM have supported the project “Narva River Water Management: Harmonization and Sustantion (ER25 NarvaWatMan)”.
The project has been funded by the Estonian-Russian Cross Border Cooperation Program 2014-2020 (www.estoniarussia.eu). The program is co-financed by the European Union, the Republic of Estonia and the Russian Federation. The overall budget of the project is EUR 565 850 which includes Programme co-financing in the amount of EUR 509 265.
The Project is co-financed by the
Implemented by Lead beneficiary TALTECH and beneficiaries SHI and Mineral
The Programme web-site is www.estoniarussia.eu
* This publication has been produced with the financial assistance of the Estonia – Russia Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020. The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of TalTech and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the Programme participating countries alongside with the European Union.
Alvina Reihan, TalTech School of Engingeering, phone +372 620 2506; firstname.lastname@example.org