E-News SedNet April 2007
Website: www.SedNet.org        
Editors: Jos Brils (jos.brils@tno.nl  ) and     
Marjan Euser (marjan.euser@tno.nl  )     
Subscription Service: SedNet Secretariat (marjan.euser@tno.nl     
Disclaimer: SedNet is not responsible for faults due to incorrectness of     
info in this newsletter     
Previous issues: www.sednet.org/newsletter      
1.	Report of the SedNet Round-Table discussion now available!     
2.	SedNet Conference 2006     
3.	SedNet Conference 2008     
4.	EC FP7 research recommendations by SedNet     
5.	3rd SedNet-Elsevier book published     
6.	SedNet Discussion Forum     
7.	EU Water Framework Directive     
8.	RISKBASE progress     
9.	European Water Conference     
10.	Report on the European contribution to the Fourth International     
Battelle Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments     
11.	Notes from a big country: a perspective from western Canada     
12.	Publication     
13.	Call for papers     
14.	Upcoming events     
Report of the SedNet Round-Table discussion now available!     
On the 22nd and 23rd of November 2006 SedNet held a round-table     
discussion in Venice, Italy, entitled 'Sediment Management - an     
Essential Part of River Basin Management Plans'. The full report is now     
available and can be downloaded at    
http://www.sednet.org/component/option ...   
You can also order paper copies of the report from the     
SedNet Secretariat marjan.euser@tno.nl  .     
Sediment is an essential, integral and dynamic part of our river basins.     
Where human activities interfere with sediment quantity or quality,     
sediment management becomes necessary. One of SedNet's main     
recommendations is to integrate sustainable sediment management into the     
European Water Framework Directive related policy, legislation, and     
implementation process. This is to achieve good ecological status, or     
potential, and at the same time to support the well being of the     
European economy.     
Central to the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) are River Basin     
Management Plans, which have to be produced and published by 2009. Until     
now sediment related issues have played a minor role in the Common     
Implementation Strategy (CIS) process. SedNet aims at providing     
scientific and user oriented input into the WFD implementation phase.      
On the basis of this background, SedNet organised a 2-day Round Table     
Discussion (RT) under the title 'Sediment management - an essential     
element of River Basin Management Plans'. The objective was to derive     
generic and specific recommendations for sediment management based on     
experiences in selected key river basins taking into account legal     
requirements, needs of users and scientific advice.     
The Round Table Discussion brought together delegates from European     
river commissions, user groups, and scientists. The river basins     
represented were the Danube, Douro, Elbe, Humber and Rhine.     
Some of the uses discussed were aggregate dredging for the construction     
industry; agricultural use of grassland in floodplains; dredging for     
navigation purposes; drinking water supply; hydropower generation; etc.     
The participants concluded that sediment management is an issue in all 5     
river basins. Each river basin has specific natural characteristics,     
uses, history, challenges. It became evident that until now the WFD     
thinking is very 'fluvial'.      
Sediment quantity and quality issues are closely interrelated and can     
not be separated. Sediment management in terms of quality and quantity     
should receive due attention in River Basin Management Plans.      
To develop such a plan can be challenging taking into consideration the     
requirements of different European and national legislation. Also EU     
Policies may create conflicting ambitions.     
An adaptive management approach is required; there is not a     
one-size-fits-all solution, it has to be tailor-made to the specific     
situation. Estuaries are different from rivers and require adequate     
attention. It is important to make use of experience from other river     
basins and to develop common basic approaches.     
There is a need for wide recognition that the current 'at risk'     
classification within the WFD is a screening level, which should trigger     
spatial discrimination, further study of effects and tests of the     
significance of impacts. This requires an integrated thinking about     
rivers and transitional waters.     
Also future research will be necessary. There is a need to collate     
available data to identify knowledge gaps and enhance understanding,     
linking sediment management to environmental and climate change issues.     
The Round Table concluded that achieving good ecological status requires     
a proper attention to sediment issues, with an awareness of natural     
variation and differences between river basins.     
The outcome of the Round Table will be used to inform River Basin     
Managers, key players and users, and the European Commission for the     
further implementation process of the WFD.     
SedNet welcomes your opinions and ideas on the topics discussed. If you     
like to give your views you can submit a message on the SedNet      
Discussion Forum http://www.sednet.org/forum/     
or alternatively send     
your reaction to the SedNet Secretariat marjan.euser@tno.nl     
SedNet Conference, 23-24 November 2006, Venice, Italy     
'Sediment key-issues between the river and the sea'     
The SedNet Round Table Discussion was followed by a conference 'Sediment     
key-issues between the river and the sea'. We reported about this event     
in the December-2006 issue of SedNet E-news. The report is available      
here http://www.sednet.org/content/view/100/1 ...      
Abstracts and slides of the oral and poster presentations can be found     
http://www.sednet.org/component/option ...     
Next SedNet Conference: spring 2008 in Oslo, Norway     
The next SedNet Conference will be organised in cooperation with the     
Norwegian Geotechnical Institute and will be held in Oslo, Norway in     
spring 2008. The Steering Group of SedNet will decide in June about the     
theme and topics of this conference. We will keep you informed!     
Note: If you have any suggestions for this next SedNet conference then     
please send these before 15 June 2007 to the SedNet secretariat (     
marjan.euser@tno.nl  ) so that the Steering     
Group can consider to integrate your ideas into the conference program.     
EC FP7 research recommendations by SedNet     
SedNet recently prepared a paper indicating sediment management     
knowledge gaps related to the Water Framework Directive implementation     
challenges. The paper also proposes a way forward to bridge these gaps     
through EC FP7 research activities. At 8 February 2007 this paper was     
presented in Brussels to Dr. Costanza Calzolari (EC DG Research) and Dr.     
Philippe Quevauviller (EC DG Environment), who indicated to be willing     
to further disseminate these recommendations to their colleagues.     
SedNet proposes research activities aimed at (further) improving the     
understanding of the role of sediment in the functioning of the natural     
sediment-soil-water system in river basins with a specific focus on: 1)     
the relation between sediment contamination and its 
Posted: 03/04/2007 By: Professor Paul Bardos