| Project objectives:
■a variety of innovative rehabilitation technologies for representative types of pollution (e.g. source zones, contamination plumes, diffuse pollution)
and compounds that are of concern in degraded water bodies (e.g. pesticides, nitrate, Chlorinated Aliphatic Hydrocarbons, BTEX). The innovative rehabilitation
technologies that to be developed are: Activated riparian zone/wetlands (WP1), Open trench with smart biomass containing carriers (WP2), Capping of sediment
& stimulated biobarriers (WP3), Multifunctional permeable reactive barriers (WP4), Reactive zone with injectable Fe-based particles (WP5)
■methods (feasibility tests), tools (numerical models) and guidelines to improve the design of rehabilitation technologies and determine the
long-term impact on local fluxes of pollutants (WP1-5, WP7).
■a collaborative management tool that can be used by stakeholders, decision makers and water managers to evaluate the ecological and economical
effects of different remedial actions on river basins (WP6).
■an approach to link the effects of the rehabilitation technologies with a river basin management tool (WP7).
■a framework to evaluate and disseminate the generic rehabilitation guidelines, approaches and tools by applying them to other river basins with
other pollutant conditions, climates, .. in collaboration with end-users (WP8).
AQUAREHAB is a EU financed large scale research project (FP7) that is being coordinated by VITO involving a consortium of 19 partners. The project started 1st
May 2009 and will last 56 months until 2013.
The project will develop innovative rehabilitation technologies for soil, groundwater and surface water cope with a number of different priority contaminants
(nitrates, pesticides, chlorinated compounds, aromatic compounds, mixed pollutions…) within heavily degraded water systems. Methods will be developed
to determine the (long-term) impact of the innovative rehabilitation technologies to reduce pollution to river and groundwater receptors.
The project will promote the uptake of successful technologies for use in river basin management measures. One of the major outcomes of the project will be
a generic river basin management tool that assesses the ecological and economical impact of rehabilitation technologies on the water system at both local
and regional scales.