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AMIIGA is a project pulling together 12 partners from central Europe all with an interest in improving the quality of groundwater, especially of former industrial brownfield sites, by treating urban cores and their surroundings as one unit.
Groundwater pollution is a common problem in urban areas in central Europe. This type of pollution poses a particular challenge because of mixed contamination, often coming from unknown sources. Additional complexity is due to the fact that groundwater has no respect for international or local boundaries, and pollution often flows from cities to the hinterland or the other way round. Much progress has been made in urban environment management in Europe, but little progress in tackling groundwater pollution in the wider territorial dimension of cities and their surroundings.
Effective strategies and approaches for groundwater management and mitigation of pollution are key for improving the quality of life in central Europe.
AMIIGA aims to improve the planning, management and decision making capacity of the public sector for the groundwater management. The project focuses on multiple characterization, assessment and management strategies. AMIIGA will develop innovative tools for the selection of cost-effective and proportional remedial options and integrated tools for the strategic management across local administrative borders, tested through specifically selected pilot activities.
This is a three-year project running between September 2016 – August 2019.
Bokanjac FUA, Croatia: Solutions for the inverse problem using the FOKS tools in Karst
Demonstrative pilot action on the integral investigation of groundwater pollution sources, endangering wit nitrates and pesticides the Zadar water supply system. Current technical tools for investigation will be adopted innovatively in the karstic environment. Application of integral groundwater investigation will enable to suggest measures to assure the quality of drinking water.
Ljubljana, Slovenia: Remediation concept from drinking water perspective for diverse pollutants in typical Slovenian FUA
Pilot action on comprehensive foundation to implement remedial measures for typical urban core and hinterland sources of contaminations (landfill-industrial-sewage-agriculture) in aquifer supplying drinking water. The demonstration case is based on the risk assessment approach from drinking water supply and Water Safety Planning perspective. It applies procedures from monitoring, contaminants mass balance and
transport modeling, environmental trends, pre-investment and feasibility study.
Milan, Italy: Distinction between site-specific and diffused contamination in Milan FUA
Pilot action on integral pollution assessment. By applying amended tools from the CE project FOKS and new tools including CSIA, the impact on groundwater quality of diffused and site-specific contamination will be evaluated; an improved FUA monitoring network will be created, it will integrate existing ones that are currently managed by different environmental authorities. More appropriate threshold values will be proposed for a more cost-effective management at FUA scale.
Parma, Italy: Assessment of natural attenuation potential as a remediation option in Parma FUA
It will evaluate the natural attenuation processes and its applicability at the FUA scale as an option for remediation of groundwater polluted by chlorinated hydrocarbons. The pilot action will consist of periodical monitoring campaigns of groundwater samples collected from existing and new monitoring wells for the analyses of specific compounds, including application of innovative tools – BMT and CSIA, as well as FOKS tools adopted to FUA scale.
Novy Bydzov, Czech Republic: In-situ biologically enhanced remediation
It will demonstrate the exemplary case study of processing the biologically enhanced remediation of groundwater polluted with chlorinated hydrocarbons in FUA Novy Bydzov.
It will perform the key steps assuring the effective and sustainable remediation – testing remedial procedures in laboratory scale, then verifying in the field in pilot scale before the full scale application. The innovative tools BMT and CSIA developed in WPT1 will be tested and validated.
Jaworzno, Poland: Passive groundwater treatment by bioreactive wall in FUA
It will apply passive groundwater treatment system: an innovative bioreactive wall with monitoring infrastructure. The wall will be placed across the plume of pesticides in the groundwater. It will also include microbial inocula for increasing the natural attenuation processes of pollutants biodegradation.
Stuttgart, Germany: Integral monitoring of remedial measures efficiency in Stuttgart FUA
Pilot action on establishing the proper monitoring network based on optimization of existing monitoring network in Stuttgart FUA by selection and installation of proper monitoring wells. Wells will be located to capture and describe the integral contaminant situation. The efficient monitoring network will further enable a reduction of long-term monitoring costs. The results of testing and evaluation of a novel and effective integral monitoring network will be transferable to other FUAs.
The AMIIGA Project organized a special training session during the Remtech Conference (Ferrara, Italy) on September 19th, 2018.
The session focused on the Water Plan Management of groundwater at Functional Urban Area scale and more than 50 water managers from different Italian regions joined the event.
One of the AMIIGA Project Partners, Politecnico di Milano, participated in the 45th IAH Conference in South Korea last September, presenting the inverse modeling tool developed during AMIIGA and tested in the Milano Pilot Area.
Read more (IAH site)
Pollution, structures like dams, and over-abstraction remain top threats to the long-term health of Europe’s lakes, rivers, coastal waters and groundwater sources.
A vast majority of Europe’s water bodies still fail to meet the European Union’s minimum target for ‘good status’, according to a European Environment Agency ‘state of water’ report.
Read more (EEA site)
The 4th Project Partners Meeting was held in Ljubljana, 24 – 27 September 2018. The 4-days meeting was held at Museum and galleries of Ljubljana.
AMIIGA held its Mid-term Review Meeting in Parma, Italy, on June 12th: AMIIGA started in September 2016 and will finish on 31.8.2019.
Novy Bydzov hosted on April 24, 2018, a training seminar for hydrogeologists, environmental consultants, sampling and analytical experts focusing on exploratory procedures for the assessment of soil and groundwater contamination by chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons, as well as on analytical determination of volatile organic compounds in groundwater.
A very participated and intense three days meeting - from 6 to 8 March - full of ideas and suggestions.
AMIIGA Project transnational meeting of all project partners and workshop on groundwater management plan took place in Milan from 10 - 12 October 2017.
AMIIGA Project transnational meeting of all project partners and workshop on groundwater management plan took place in Milan from 10 - 12 October 2017...
During the 44th IAH congress in Dubrovnik, the Polytechnic of Milan presented AMIIGA and its contribution in the identification both of Point Sources contamination and Multiple Point Sources ones in the Functional Urban Area of Milan.
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