About the Project
Nutrient pollution is a major water quality problem in the Baltic Sea and complete data on the waterborne nutrient inputs via rivers is particularly needed to address this problem. The Narva river forms the border between Estonia and Russia and in terms of its volume is the second largest river discharging into the Gulf of Finland. However, up to now Estonia and Russia use significantly different measured data and calculation methods for estimation of total nutrient load transported by the Narva river to the sea.
To overcome this mismatch the NarvaWatMan project was created.

The objective of the project is to develop a common calculation methodology for the Narva River water quality and quantity and to make recommendations for more effective measures to reduce pollution load from both countries.
For this goal, Estonian and Russian scientists will work together to:

  • Develop harmonized method for Narva river water runoff
  • Develop harmonized method for nutrient load estimation from the Narva river to the Baltic Sea
  • Elaborate common indicators, criteria and classification for water quality assessment
  • Prepare proposals for developing a joint methodology determining the share of contributions in the total nutrient load
  • Make recommendations for planning nutrient reduction measures in the Narva river catchment area in order to fulfill HELCOM nutrients reduction targets
  • Raise awareness among Narva and Ivangorod citizens regarding sustainable use of Narva River water resources
Project Budget: 565 850 EUR
The 90% (509 265 EUR) of the project is financed by the Estonia-Russia Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 and 10% (56 585 EUR) - by the project Partners.

Duration: 15.03.2019 - 14.03.2022