Second round of JFS Surface water in Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine (Upper Dnieper)

This activity will contribute to the implementation of the Activity-2: ‘Development of joint River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) for selected river basins’ and specifically for Activity 2.4: ‘Joint field surveys to cover the gaps’. Main objective of this task will be introducing elements of the EU Water Framework Directive (EU WFD) compliant monitoring practice in the beneficiary countries, with specific focus on the Joint Field Surveys (JFSs), as a mechanism of filling the data gaps for final classification of the identified surface water bodies (WBs) and defining ecological status of surface waters objects in the selected pilot areas.

The field team was composed from stakeholders from State Hydrometerological Service: chemist, hydrologist and two hydrobiologists who participated earlier at the hydromorphological training course which was held on September 3 -4, 2014 before the second JFS. Team concentrated on the assessment of the ecological status/potential of river water bodies , hot spots, as heavily modified water bodies at risk and possible risk through the following activities:

  • Evaluation of possible water bodies identified as water bodies at risk from the impacts of urban settlement and collection of such information requested by the Institute of Ecology and Geography (IEG), in order to prepare the Management Plan for Prut river; 
  • Sampling of water from small rivers of the Prut basin and main channel, and even demonstrating sampling method by expert colleagues from Romania, Basin Water Management Authority from Tiza-Somes (Cluj-Napoca, National Agency “Apele Romaniei”) by the hydrobiologist Mrs. Claudia Nagy, who conducted and a training identification of laboratory tests (many thanks for her for sharing Romanian experience for Moldavian colleagues in understanding and implementing principles of WFD); 
  • Sampling in 21 locations of the 85 bodies identified preliminary in the Prut river basin, part of this sites are covered by the SHS monitoring network; part of the sites were selected and proposed by RBMP provider (IEG) downstream of the towns by State Ecological Inspectorate to evaluate loads and asses impact on water bodies.
  • Completed in the field protocols and evaluated the hydromorphological status of water bodies with the help of “Slovak protocol “proposed by the project k-experts;
  • Also water sampling were taken for physico-chemical analysis to complement the database of surface water quality in the basin of the Prut river; 
  • In conclusion, recommendations will be developed to select reference sites that will help us to correctly classify water bodies according to five quality classes under new Moldavian Water law and provisions of Water Framework Directive. Next year is expected continuation of the expedition, as „gap filling” and will be taken into consideration also the lakes and water reservoirs, for which is a different approach for sampling and studies that will serve as a basis for further study of these surface water bodies.

Also see information on the web page of SHS about second JFS un the pilot area:

08.09.2014 to 12.09.2014
  • Belarus
  • Moldova
  • Ukraine
  • 1. Improvement of hydrobiological, chemical and hydromorphological monitoring and assessment of surface water bodies, including groundwater