The University of Szczecin is conducting environmental monitoring of the waters of the Oder River, which will provide additional information on the effects of the ecological disaster and the current state of the water and its potential changes. The research is made possible thanks to funding from the Office of the Marshal of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship.
Once a month, from at least 27 sites in the Oder riverbed, the university takes water samples to monitor physicochemical parameters: oxygen, temperature, pH, electrolytic conductivity, dissolved substances, chlorides, chlorophyll, nitrates, ammonia, salinity and suspended solids. The density and taxonomic composition of zooplankton and the plankton bloom of the water are studied at the same frequency, from at least ten sites.
The surveys, conducted from Nowa Sol to the Szczecin Lagoon, began on September 1 and will end on December 15. Their total cost, which will be covered by the Marshal’s Office of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship, is 40 thousand PLN.