Mesp - water project

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Water Project

Seawater supports a multitude of functional coastal ecosystems and facilitates the distribution, abundance, and life of organisms. Coastal water quality is very important from environmental, economic and societal point of view and is deeply influenced by the surrounding land use including the quantitative and qualitative exploitation of agricultural/industrial use and urbanization including port activities.
These actions may reduce water quality by increase sedimentation rates, nutrients, metal traces and hydrocarbons.
Ports facilities are highly concentrated industrial areas which contain a variety of activities including container terminals, shipyards and cargo facilities. Indeed, these activities may have a direct and indirect high impact on water quality and it is therefore necessary to assess the impact of port operations quality in receiving waters in and around ports areas.
To this extent, long term water quality monitoring projects results to be very important and shall be designed to complement, and in some cases expand, existing monitoring programs for some marine organisms. These plans aim to gain information on the quality of receiving waters through a structured long term sampling actions by implementing the port activities in order to minimize impacts on receiving waters.

The water quality monitoring program focuses on:
• monitoring the quality of water within the port areas in order to provide a comparison within local and international guidelines and local reference data;
• increasing information available to decision makers, allowing to improve environmental management;
• assessing the effectiveness of current and future environmental management strategies;
• obtaining a substantial water quality reference data sets;
• determining the sources of pollution which may affect the quality of water within the port.

In monitoring programs, samples shall be collected from different sites in offshore and port surroundings. Eventually, water will be analyzed by means of pH, DO, temperature, salinity, nutrients, chlorophyll, suspended matter and total hydrocarbons.