First groundwater joint field survey (JFS) was successfully implemented by the project team, together with specialists from the countries of Moldova and Ukraine (in the Dnieper River basin and in the Prut River basin).
The purpose of the Prut basin survey was two-fold:
a) To fill in data gaps on groundwater; and
b) To train local experts to perform the Water Framework Directive (WFD) compliant groundwater monitoring using modern monitoring equipment. In this respect, the JFS was also contributing to the Task 1.3.2: "Training courses in WFD-compliant monitoring".
The JFS included surveying, monitoring, sampling and equipment programming and calibration. The field measurements and sample collection, preservation and transportation procedures utilised during survey work were used to demonstrate QA/QC requirements and application of new field equipment. Samplers were trained to ensure that appropriate field sheets were completed and contained all relevant field observations and measurements.
The groundwater JFS and training have been provided by the project KE5 in the following pilot river basins:
Moldova – Prut; and
Ukraine – Upper Dnieper.
20 groundwater points (wells and springs) were visited and sampled in each pilot basin. The coordinates of sampling points were fixed with the GPS MAPS 62sc device. Field parameters were analysed at the sampling point and 20 samples were collected in each basin for the laboratory analyses of main cations and anions, and trace elements. In Armenia chlororganic compounds (TCE and PCE) were additionally analysed. This information will be used for filling in groundwater data gaps and for further classification of groundwater bodies.
Twenty two local experts (5 from Georgia and Armenia each, and 4 from Azerbaijan, Moldova and Ukraine each) have been trained to perform field work in compliance with the EU QA/QC requirements.
- 1.3 Develop WFD-compliant monitoring programmes, including hydrobiological and hydromorphological elements and groundwater
- 2.4 Joint field surveys to cover the gaps
- Prut Basin