Third RIG Meeting on Jaworzno FUA

On the 13th of June, 2019, Municipality of Jaworzno (PP2) and Central Mining Institute in Katowice (LP) organized the last workshop of Regional Implementation Group devoted to the analysis of the action plan, which has been developed as part of the construction of groundwater management plan for Jaworzno FUA as defined by groundwater body (JCWPd) No. 146.

Regional Implementation Group (RIG) in Silesia Region was organized for the purpose of development of an action plan supporting the existing underground water management system in the functional area of Jaworzno. RIG included, apart from representatives of the project partners (City of Jaworzno and Central Mining Institite) and associated partners (Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Katowice (RDOŚ), Upper Silesia - Zagłębie Metropolis and Jaworzno Waterworks), representatives of Chemical Plant “Organika Azot” S.A. and representatives of institutions responsible for water and environmental management, such as the Regional Water Management Board in Gliwice, Voivodeship Inspectorate of Environmental Protection (WIOŚ), Polish Geological Institute - Polish Research Institute, as well as the Silesian Voivodeship Office in Katowice, the Marshal's Office of the Silesian Voivodeship and communes located in the functional urban area, including JCWPd 146.

In first part of RIG workshop, the current results of the pilot reactive barrier operation were presented. The reactive barrier is located nearly the contaminated area of the so-called "old heap near the tracks" in the area of the Chemical Plant "Organika Azot" S.A. in Jaworzno. The system consist of three treatment zones different with type of sorbents: iron chips, peat, sand and biochar. The start-up of the installation working is dated on 16/05/2018 which was associated with the introduction of microbiological inocula into the barrier. During one year of operation (2 stages of operation) it was possible to evaluate the effectiveness of HCH treatment by various sorbents. The results of this pilot action and possible effects for the future groundwater management were actively discussed by RIG members.

In the following part of the meeting the action plan supporting the ongoing and possible activities for the management and protection of groundwater in the current state of law in functional urban area of Jaworzno, was presented by AMIIGA project partners. Action plan, monitoring aspects, groundwater protection was the basis for a lively discussion following the shown presentation. The main aspect of discussion was arrangement and configuration of activities supporting management, protection of groundwater against hazards from contaminated site. The conclusions from the issues discussed will be attached as a part of the Management Plan for Jaworzno FUA. The fruitful discussion concerning the protection of good status of groundwater body No 146, in line with Water Framework Directive and Polish Water Act, has been completed with affirmation of activities which are leading to make visible the problem of ‘hot spot’ in National Water Management Plan. First step as indication of significant pressure on water body No 146 was taken. Next will be the implementation and monitoring of activities in management plan which is the milestone of AMIIGA project.

At the end of the meeting, all guests were encouraged to take an active part in the closing conference of AMIIGA planned in 24th – 25th of October, 2019.