The project PeatStop - Sustainable runoff water management in Karelia and Kainuu - brings possibilities for renewing runoff water management solutions in KareliaCBC programme area. During the project, the environmental loads caused by runoff water are monitored and physical filtering installations will be implemented respectively in cities of Petrozavodsk and Kajaani. More specifically, PeatStop aims at the development of transboundary solutions to improve the condition of urban water bodies through the introduction of effective monitoring and the use of new environmentally safe runoff water filtering solutions. Project participants have strong background expertise for water purification solutions.
In Petrozavodsk, the main interest is to prevent oil leakages in lake Onega in order to ensure the natural water quality in the recreational beach area and to prevent possible oil contamination near drinking water intake area. The surface runoff from the entire city area flows through underground pipelines directly into the lake through 12 outlets along the embankment of Lake Onega. One of the outlets is close to a popular beach and is recognized to be a remarkable carrier for oil and some other contaminants. A remarkable amount of the raw water for city's drinking water production is taken from a nearby location.
In Kajaani, the main interest is to mitigate further eutrophication of a pond Kaupunginlampi. The pond located in a very popular recreational area near the city center. It has been suffering from eutrophication and traces or pollution, mainly due to the ingress of surface rainfall and runoff water outlets into it, washing away pollution from the surface of the city and roads.
The long-term maintenance procedure and responsibilities for both pilot sites are defined as a part of the project, since very often the lack of understanding for maintenance needs decreases the capacity in the long run. Disseminating the experience and results of these pilots supports the initiation of similar development and investments in cities throughout the Karelia CBC area.
The realization of filters will make a very clear change to existing situation in both pilot areas. In Petrozavodsk a hotspot for heavily loaded runoff water discharge point in lake Onega has a remarkable and even visible effect to a nearby beach, and might also severely affect to quality of drinking water, since a remarkable amount of the raw water for city's drinking water production is taken from a nearby location. The planning and construction of filters solves a remarkable part of the problem and pilot filter gives valuable references for future investments.
In city of Kajaani, the pilot will be targeted to support the recovery of a pond, which as a receiver of runoff water outlets suffers from eutrophication. The amount of other types of contamination caused by runoff water is not solely understood at the moment, which underlines the need for actual contaminant level monitoring. The runoff water management pilot will help the aquatic environment in target area to recover, which gives a good reference for future planning in similar targets. City of Kajaani is planning to invest in other pond recovery activities responding to urgent needs and the proposed project supports these activities by providing solutions to cut the further load caused by runoff water.
In both pilot cases the references from the water quality monitoring solutions give a valuable, practical expertise and experiences on the available monitoring solutions, which could be utilized and adapted in various cases to manage the environmental load in urban and industrial areas.
Our consortium represents a combination of special expertise, which is needed in bringing the change we are expecting. You are very welcome to contact us and discuss about collaboration possibilities.
KAMK University of Applied Sciences operates as project leader and provides expertise for novel environmental monitoring solutions plus recycled adsorbent material development for water purification purposes. Regional company Water and Ecology, located in Petrozavodsk, is representing high-level ecology expertise, which in this project is focused on peat-based filtering solutions. Cities of Kajaani and Petrozavodsk are the actual investors with will to adapt the proposed advanced solutions in order to conservate the status of the fine local natural water resources.
The combination of the special expertise provides possibilities to grow a unique combination of high-level expertise for further future collaboration in the field of runoff water management.
Project partners have solid collaboration networks in their own countries, which allows to gain best practises to be utilized in the project. Both of the participating cities have recognized a possibility to create novel and environmentally sustainable solutions benefitting from the cross-border collaboration, which otherwise would not be possible to cover.
Mrs. Outi Maria Laatikainen
Senior R&D Specialist
Kajaani University of Applied Sciences
CEMIS – Centre for measurement and information systems