Metal pollution in the Weser catchment from mining areas in the Harz Mountains

Figure Created 30 Jan 2019 Published 01 Mar 2019 Last modified 01 Mar 2019
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Water bodies have been classified under the Water Framework Directive. Blue areas are water bodies at good chemical status. Red streams are failing to achieve good chemical status. Grey areas are not classified for chemical status. The river and floodplain sediments have been contaminated with the waste and mine water over centuries. In the floodplains high lead and cadmium concentrations affect the agriculture at pasture and arable land along the river floodplains.

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The map has been adapted from this document:

 http://www.fgg-weser.de/component/jdownloads/send/8-eg-wrrl/331-bwp2015-weser-final-textteil-160318

Further information on chemical status of Europe’s water bodies can be found in "Chemicals in European Waters" https://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/chemicals-in-european-waters and European Waters assessment of status and pressures https://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/state-of-water

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