CS34 River Dynamics
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2002
Location: Poster Session - VCC
 
Stadelmann P, Environment Protection Agency of Canton Lucerne, CH-6002 Luzern, Switzerland, pius.stadelmann@lu.ch
Lovas, R, , Environment Protection Agency of Canton Lucerne, CH-6002 Luzern, Switzerland, robert.lovas@lu.ch
 
REGIONAL WATER RESOURCE PROTECTION AND WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PLANNING FOR A PRE-ALPINE RIVER IN SWITZERLAND: RIVER KLEINE EMME IN CANTON LUCERNE
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Available monitoring data collected in the 480 km2 drainage basin of River Kleine Emme are interpreted including hydrology, water quality, biology (invertebratae and fish) and water use. Eco-morphology and barriers preventing fish migration are investigated to describe structure and function of the river system. Based on deficiency analysis actions and measures are proposed to improve riparian zones, flow regime, floodplains and fish habitat. The influence of river structure on game fish catch is demonstrated and fish bypass or ramps are recommended to facilitate trout migration. An ecological target view has been defined for ensuring a good ecological state for the whole river. A river watershed management plan is recommended according to new Swiss and European guidelines as suggested in the Water Framework Directive of the European Union. Emphasis is brought in getting citizens more involved in water policy by a transfer of sustainable knowledge about their own river using posters along a river trail.