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ANNUAL SUMMARY REPORT 1995

Topic report 5/96

by

T.J. Lack


European Topic Centre on Inland Waters

January 1996

This report was prepared under the supervision of N. Thyssen, Project Manager,
European Environment Agency

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This is the first annual summary report from the European Topic Centre on Inland Waters (ETC/IW) which was appointed in December 1994 by the European Environment Agency’s Management Board to carry out specific tasks identified in the Agency’s work programmes.

The tasks carried out in 1995 by the ETC/IW were focused on the identification of legislative requirements for water resources monitoring, provision of an overview of the actual monitoring programmes in member countries and finally use of this information to design a freshwater monitoring network for the EEA area with the objective:

"to obtain timely, quantitative and comparable information on the status of inland waters (groundwater, rivers, lakes/reservoirs and estuaries) from all EEA member countries so that valid temporal and spatial comparisons can be made, and key environmental problems associated with Europe’s inland waters can be defined, quantified and monitored".

The report summarises and highlights the main findings in 1995 under five projects undertaken by the ETC/IW:

MW1: Water resources - quality and quantity. General approach to assessment
MW2: Inventory of water resources monitoring networks
MW3: Design of a freshwater monitoring network for the EEA area
MW4: Development and establishment of the European water quality monitoring network and databases
MW5: Key water resources issues

Table of contents

 

1. BACKGROUND

 

2. WORK PROGRAMME

2.1 Project MW1 - Water Resources Quality and Quantity. General Approach to Assessment

2.2 Project MW2 - Inventory of Water Resources Monitoring Networks

2.3 Project MW3 - Design of a Freshwater Monitoring network for the EEA Area.

2.4 Project MW4 - Development and Establishment of the European Water Quality Monitoring Network and Databases.

2.5 Project MW5 - Key Water Resource Issues

 

3. PROGRESS DURING THE YEAR

3.1 Project MW1 - Water Resources Quality and Quantity. General Approach to Assessment.

3.1.1 Monitoring requirements

3.1.2 Sampling location

3.1.3 Sampling frequency and period

3.1.4 Analysis

3.1.5 Compliance Assessment

3.1.6 Interpretations

3.1.7 Recommendations arising from MW1

3.2 Project MW2 - Inventory of Water Resources Monitoring Networks

3.2.1 Inventory of surface water quality monitoring networks

3.2.2 Inventory of surface water quantity monitoring networks.

3.2.3 Inventory of groundwater quality and quantity monitoring networks

3.3 Project MW3 - Design of a freshwater monitoring network for the EEA area.

3.3.1 The design of a freshwater monitoring network for the EEA area

3.3.2 The development of an EEA database

3.3.3 Analysis of data from large rivers

3.4 Project MW4 - Development and Establishment of the European Water Quality Monitoring Network and Databases.

3.5 Project MW5 - Key Water Resource Issues


4. AD HOC WUPPORT TO THE AGENCY

 

5. PRODUCTS/OUTPUTS PRODUCED

5.1 Products/Outputs from the Work Programme

5.2 Products/Outputs from the Ad Hoc Support Programme

5.3 Other Products

5.4 Statement of missions, meetings by ETC/IW (WRc staff)


6. VISITORS TO THE ETC/IW COORDINATING OFFICE

7. MANAGEMENT COORDINATION

7.1 The Present Situation

7.2 A Method for Maintaining Future Technical Control of the Work Programme

 

8. PROPOSED WORK PROGRAMME ITEMS FOR 1996

8.1 From the 1995 Subvention (cost in Kecu)

8.2 From the 1996 Subvention (cost in Kecu)

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