Environmental Protection Agency implements the project “Strengthening of marine and inland water management – part one“. Project is implemented by the LT02 program “Integrated marine and inland water management“ funded by the European Economic Area (hereafter – the EEA) Financial Mechanism 2009–2014.
The goal of the project is to optimize a monitoring and inventory system for hazardous substances. To achieve this, potential sources of pollution and the amount of hazardous substances were identified. This ensures effective control of water quality at both national and European Union level.
The project “Strengthening of marine and inland water management – part one“ has completed such activities:
1. The inventory of emissions of hazardous substances into water bodies was completed, quantities of hazardous substances were systematised, analysed and identified on the basis of data on the use of chemical substances for 2014 and wastewater management for 2010-2014 by economic entities, and economic entities were identified where wastewater discharges may contain hazardous substances. An evaluation of the properties of priority substances was carried out to determine whether, following wastewater threatment, substances would build up in sludge or would flow out with wastewater into surface waters and be carried away by water, or would build up in the bottom sediment of surface water bodies. The annual effect of atmospheric deposition was evaluated, and calculations were performed for substances in the Baltic Sea region and for potencial atmospheric deposition levels in Lithuania. Quantities of hazardous substances entering the environment were identified in accordance with Directive 2008/105/EC of the European Parliament and the Council on environmental quality standarts in the field of water policy, using the data on emissions from pollution sources (industrial, municipal and domestic wastewater) for 2000-2014.
2. While implementing the projec activity "Revision and/or assessment of hazardous substances in Lithuanian water bodies" and to achieve the output indicator "Number of revised and/or assessed hazardous substances", a list of 74 polluting substances was drawn up that comprises 33 priority substances of the Water Frame Directive (WFD), other emissions specified in Annex VIII to the WFD and Lists I and II of the Dangerous Substances Directive, and sets out additional physicochemical indicators, The list includes 102 substances. To echieve the project objectives, the sites of 80 discharge outlets (economic entities) were selected for monitoring wastewater (in surface water, sludge and bottom sediment). In 2015, about 80% of samples were taken and analysed. The remaining 20% of the samples were taken in 2016. All samples were analysed and results wereevaluated in the final report. During 2016 the rest of the samples were taken from the inland waters, Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. All samples were analysed and the concentrations of hazardous substances were evaluated, chemical status of waters according to hazardous substances concentrations in water, sediments and biota was assessed. Long term trends of hazardous substances were evaluated where a sufficient quantity of historical data was present. The implementation of the project acticity "Revison and/or assessment of hazardous substances in Lithuanian water bodies" was completed.
3. To achieve the Programme output indicator "Number of optimized monitoring programs completed", the results of the activity "Development of inventories on hazardous substances emissions, discharges and losses into Lithuanian water bodies", were systematized and analysed. The revison of monitoring programmes was also based on the results of the project activity "Revision and/or assessment of hazardous substances in Lithuanian water bodies". Concentrations of hazardous substances in the environment (water, sediments and biota) were reviewed. Monitoring programmes of priority substances in other EU countries like Germany, Estonia and Poland were evaluated. Optimized monitoring programme for hazardous substances for the period of 2016-2021 for inland waters, Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea was presented. Therefore the Programme outcome "Increased Capacity for Assessing and Predicting Environmental Status in Marine and Inland Waters" was achieved by the end of 2016.
Completing the main activities of the project is a contribution to the main goal of the program “Integrated marine and inland water management” – to improve the state of Europe’s marine and inland water.
Beginning of the project – 13 June 2014
End of the project – 30 April 2017
Budget – 1 605 595,95 Eur (5 543 801,68 Lt)
The programme operator – Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania (http://www.am.lt)
The monitoring institution of the project – The Central Project Management Agency (http://www.cpva.lt)
April 7 of 2016 project publicity event presentation : Priority substances inventorization and monitoring programme optimization