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Riverine Inputs and Direct Discharges - RID

The network of OSPAR Marine Protected Areas is expanding. Photo:
Active Last updated: 06.05.2023
End: jun 2025
Start: jul 2019

The Comprehensive Riverine Inputs and Direct Discharges (RID) programme aims to monitor and assess all inputs and discharges of selected contaminants to the OSPAR maritime area and its regions that are carried via rivers into tidal waters, or are discharged directly into the sea, for example through sewage pipelines or activities like aquaculture inputting substances directly.

Participants of the OSPAR RID INPUT meeting in Gothenburg, 30 January, 2020.
Status Active
Start - end date 01.07.2019 - 30.06.2025
Project manager Csilla Farkas
Division Division of Environment and Natural Resources
Department Hydrology and Water Environment
Total budget 500000
Budget this year 160000
Funding source OSPAR Commission

The RID programme currently focuses on mandatory monitoring and reporting of the concentrations and loads of the metals cadmium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc, the organic pollutant lindane, nitrogen and phosphorus species and suspended particulate matter. Monitoring of Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), mineral oil, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other hazardous substances, especially organohalogens, are recommended for voluntary monitoring.