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Sullied Sediments: Sediment Assessment and Clean Up Pilots in Inland Waterways in the North Sea Region 

Newsflash: The first edition of our newsletter has been published!

We are delighted to announce that the first edition of the Sullied Sediments newsletter has been published. You can view it using the link below:
Sullied Sediments Newsletter Issue 1 (May 2018) (opens in a new window, PDF, 786kb)

We hope you find this an interesting read. Our next issue will be published in October 2018 following the Sullied Sediments second annual meeting. 
We would like to share our project news with as many people as possible. Please could we encourage you to pass this newsletter onto any colleagues who may be interested and let them know that they can subscribe by contacting the Sullied Sediments project coordinator via the following email:

In addition to our newsletter, we are talking about the Sullied Sediments project on Twitter @SulliedSediment and via our blog:
Sullied Sediments Project Blog (external website)

These platforms are also great ways to stay informed and keep in touch.


The Waterways Partnership and East Riding of Yorkshire Council are involved in this major European-funded project, which is developing ways to better assess and treat some of the pollutants found in the sediment in our waterways and help prevent them from entering the water system in the first place. 

Many of the inland waterways in Europe are under threat due to the introduction of Watch List chemicals that are not currently regulated under the European Water Framework Directive. These chemicals are introduced into our waterways as a result of our day-to-day activities and through industry and many have been shown to be harmful to wildlife. Regardless of the source, they accumulate in the sediments in our rivers and canals.

Water regulators and managing authorities do not always know the levels, the locations or the impacts of these pollutants. Nor do they have the tools to assess sediments confidently and make informed environmental management decisions. An interdisciplinary partnership of scientific experts, regulators and water managers, led by the University of Hull, will develop and test new tools to better assess, treat and prevent contamination from these chemicals. This work will be carried out at selected sites in the Rivers Elbe, Humber and Scheldt catchments.

The aim of the Sullied Sediments’project is to help regulators and water managers make better decisions with regard to the management, removal and disposal of sediments, thereby reducing economic costs to private and public sector organisations and the impact of these pollutants on the environment.

The partnership also strives to reduce a number of chemicals entering the water system by raising awareness about what we, as consumers, are releasing into the environment through the use of common drugs and household products. This will include the involvement of volunteers in a sediment sampling initiative across the region, which will inform and empower them as water stewards and champions.

The Waterways Partnership and the council are key partners in this project. Together, we are providing a project coordination and communications service as well as funding expertise and advice. The Waterways Partnership is also involved in citizen engagement and sampling initiative mentioned above.

‘Sullied Sediments’ has been has been co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg VB North Sea Region Programme with a grant of 2.043.413 €, which is matched by the partners involved. The project partnership includes public, private and third sector organisations based in the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

If you would like to know more about this project or keep up to date with developments, please visit the project web space and blog:

Sullied Sediments project web space (external website)

Sullied Sediments blog (external website)

Below is a list of the organisations and institutions who are involved in this ambitious project:

Project Beneficiaries (partners with budgets)

  • Canal and River Trust (UK)
  • Ecossa (Germany)
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council (UK)
  • Environmental Scientifics Group (UK)
  • Hamburg Port Authority (Germany)
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
  • Institut Dr Nowak (private laboratory) (Germany)
  • OVAM ((Public Waste Agency of Flanders) (Belgium)
  • Radboud University (The Netherlands)
  • University of Antwerp (Belgium)
  • University of Hull (UK)
  • University of Leeds (UK)
  • VMM (Flanders Environment Agency) (Belgium)

Advisory Group

All project beneficiaries (above) and the following strategic partners (no budgets):

  • East and North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership (UK)
  • Elbe Habitat Foundation (Germany)
  • Environment Agency (UK)
  • Federal Institute of Hydrology (Germany)
  • Foundation for Applied Water Research (STOWA)
  • Hamburg Ministry of the Environment and Energy (Germany)
  • Northumbrian Water (UK)
  • River Hull Board (UK)
  • Sediment European Network Steering Group (European)
  • Thames Water (UK)
  • Vlakwa (water research consultancy) (Belgium)
  • Yorkshire Water (UK)
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