Contact Us

For information about the Sullied Sediments project, contact:

Project Lead
Professor Jeanette Rotchell
University of Hull
J.Rotchell@hull.ac.uk 
(+44)1482 465333 


Project Coordinator
Annabel Hanson
East & North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership
annabel.hanson@eastriding.gov.uk
(+44)1482 391678

Profile on our Project Lead – Professor Jeanette Rotchell

Jeanette is a Professor of Aquatic Toxicology at the University of Hull and her research is in the area of environmental toxicology, specifically genotoxicology and endocrine disruption. In addition to Sullied Sediments, other current projects are focused on cancer in fish, endocrine disruption and photoperiod in bivalves and micro-plastics in seafood supply chain and pharmaceuticals in the Humber Estuary.

Jeanette’s recent research accomplishments include securing funding for this project, Sullied Sediments. She has also supervised many PhD students and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Hawai’i and the State Key Lab for Coastal and Estuarine Research in Shanghai, China. Her work is highly applied and impactful at a European level, and she has a strong track record in interdisciplinary working with colleagues from chemistry and biomedical as all as being stakeholder and end-user driven.

 

Project Summary 


Many of the inland waterways in the European Union are under threat due to the introduction of Watch List chemicals that are not currently regulated under the European Water Framework Directive. These chemicals include the so-called “gender benders” such as estradiol and the contraceptive pill, and other pharmaceutical drugs such as triclosan and diclofenac, which have been shown to be harmful to wildlife. These chemicals are introduced to our waterways as a result of our day-to-day activities and through industry. Regardless of the source, they accumulate in the sediments in our rivers and canals. 


Water regulators and managing authorities do not always know the levels, the locations or the impacts of these pollutants. Nor do they have the tools to assess sediments confidently and make decisions with regard to managing them. An interdisciplinary partnership of scientific experts, regulators and water managers led by the University of Hull (UK) will develop and test new tools to better assess, treat and prevent contamination from these chemicals. This work will be carried out at nine sites, all of which have a history of sediment problems, in the North Sea Region’s Elbe, Humber and Scheldt river catchments.

The aim of the ‘Sullied Sediments’ project is therefore to enable regulators and water managers to make better decisions with regard to sediment management, removal and disposal, thereby reducing economic costs and the impact of these pollutants on the environment.

The partnership will also endeavour to reduce the amount of chemicals entering the water system by raising awareness about what we, as consumers, are releasing into the environment through the use of common drugs and household products. Part of this includes the involvement of volunteers in a sediment sampling initiative across the region, which will inform and empower these citizens as water stewards and champions.

‘Sullied Sediments’ has been has been co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg VB North Sea Region Programme with a grant of 2.043.413 € with equivalent match funding from the partners involved. The project partnership includes public, private and third sector organisations based in the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Latest Project News

Sullied Sediments creates innovative 'dipstick'

Monday, June 25, 2018
Sustainable NSR

We have designed a 'dipstick' that can easily detect phosphate in water and we are now adapting it to detect the watch list chemical, triclosan.

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Sullied Sediments Project Lead nominated for award for contribution to the environment

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Sustainable NSR

Professor Jeanette Rotchell was nominated as one of three nominees for the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Chairman's Environment Award.

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PhD Student Article on Reducing River Pollution published in The Conversation

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
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PhD Student Article on Reducing River Pollution published in The Conversation

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News Flash - The first edition of the Sullied Sediments newsletter has been published

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
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The Sullied Sediments project partnership has just published their first newsletter.

We are delighted to announce that the first edition of the Sul…

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Sullied Sediments Project Prepares to Launch

Friday, January 20, 2017
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The Sullied Sediments project will be launched at our kick-off meeting in Amsterdam next week (24-26 January 2017). The project team is looking forwa…

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