Title: Pesticides in European Groundwaters: Actual status and Scenarios of possible Evolution 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> proceedings / conference paper(s) 
Country: EU Projects 
Year of publication: 2004 
Author 1/Producer: Mouvet, Ch. 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.image-train.net/products/papers/CM3_pegase.pdf  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Groundwater protection-->Groundwater processes-->Contaminant hydrology
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater processes-->Groundwater processes overview
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
Groundwater protection-->Monitoring-->Monitoring overview
Water and sanitation-->Water and sanitation Overview
Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
Short description: The PEGASE project studied pesticide contamination in six representative European aquifers over a three year period to improve understanding of transport processes and to develop tools to support the management of pesticide usage with regard to groundwater (GW) quality. Laboratory studies were also conducted on sorption and degradation of five pesticides in batch systems with solids recovered from the saturated zone of four aquifers. 
Long description: The work demonstrated that i) there is a potential for significant and rapid transport of selected pesticides to depth under favourable climatic conditions; ii) with some exceptions, detection of pesticides was generally limited to a few weeks following application; iii) concentrations are variable in space and time; and, iv) inner-catchment features (e.g. rivers, slopes interacting with various land uses) can strongly influence GW pesticide concentrations at various locations in the catchment. 
Link to Project(s): IMAGE-TRAIN Innovative Management of Groundwater Resources- Training Programme for EU Accession Countries
Submitted By: Dr Stefan Gödeke WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 19/07/2007

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