Onema

The French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environnements

NewsLetter #12

June 2012

Responding to future challenges of water and aquatic systems

Editorial

François Lacroix, Deputy general director of Onema

Was the 6th World water forum a success?
It is too early to say whether the sixth World water form (WWF6) held last March in Marseille was a success. The quality of the organisation, the smooth succession of events and the many solid commitments undertaken by the international community were all, in themselves, successes. However, true success in the political field will occur in the months to come if water issues have made progress on the international scene
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First report from the national observatory on public water and sanitation services

The first national* report on the organisation, quality and prices of public water and collective sanitation services in France was published during the World water forum in Marseille last March. It was drawn from the first annual report of the national observatory on public water and sanitation services which is managed by Onema under the responsibility of the National water committee.
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Collective science-advice study on fish mortality in the Loue river made public

A general drop in river quality over several decades is thought to be the cause of the fish mortalities in the Loue river in 2010 and 2011. That is the conclusion of the collective science-advice study commissioned by the prefect of the Doubs department, managed by Onema and made public on 7 March 2012. The group of experts made a series of recommendations on monitoring, research and future work.
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PCB transfer from river sediment to fish

The sale of equipment containing PCBs was forbidden 25 years ago, but the toxic substances have accumulated in a large number of French rivers and in the organisms living there. The work coordinated by Onema from 2008 to 2012 has improved our understanding of PCB transfer from sediment to fish.
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Exploratory effort to measure the presence of emergent micropollutants

An exceptional campaign to measure micropollutants in aquatic environments has been launched throughout France. The results will assist in drafting a new list of relevant substances to be monitored on the national level starting in 2014. The study, initiated by the Ecology ministry, is now being carried out by various research organisations. It is coordinated and funded by Onema, with the support of the Water agencies, and is part of the national micropollutants plan.
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New tools for the observatory on water and sanitation services

The observatory on water and sanitation services now offers three new functions to assist local governments in managing their services and to improve data accessibility for users.
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Interview with Daniel Marcovitch, head of the OECD water-governance programme


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IN BRIEF

INRA and Onema strengthen ties
Marion Guillou, president of INRA, and Patrick Lavarde, general director of Onema, signed a framework agreement to reinforce the cooperation between the two organisations in the fields of sustainable development and the restoration of aquatic ecosystems. Read more

Action plan for knowledge in the overseas territories
The Ecology ministry and Onema invited organisations working in the overseas departments to a workshop held from 22 to 28 March 2012.
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A close look at the vulnerability of coastal aquifers
BRGM work, funded by Onema, on the consequences of salt water entering coastal aquifers in continental France and the overseas territories due to climate change served to draw up a status report and to make forecasts.
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Methods guide on describing pressures for the 2013 basin status report
The methods guide to describe the pressures weighing on rivers was distributed to the concerned water stakeholders in the various river basins for the work to update the basin status reports and publish them in 2013.
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Meeting on waterways and ecological continuity
In conjunction with Voies navigables de France and with the support of the Water agencies, the Ecology ministry and the CETMEF, Onema organised on 29 and 30 May a meeting on waterways and ecological continuity.
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PUBLICATION

Onema Meetings
Optimising the design and management of installations in the framework of the management plan to save the eel

The Eels & Installations R&D programme is the result of a partnership between Onema, Ademe and five hydroelectric companies. Over the past three years, the programme launched 18 research projects to optimise the design and management of installations to protect migrating eels.
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