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

Our Second Annual Meeting is coming up soon

Our project beneficiaries and advisory partners will come together for our second annual meeting in Hamburg on 19 and 20 September 2018. Our work package leaders will give progress updates and provide a look ahead to the last 18 months of delivery. We will also have focused sessions on transnational cooperation and communication, the proposed end-of-waste assessment, bioavailability and the roll-out of the volunteer sampling programme across the North Sea region. In addition, we are looking forward to hearing how our sister project - Nuredrain - is doing and finalising plans to trial our bespoke dipsticks, which have been engineered to detect phosphate in water, in some of their partner locations. 

At this year's meeting, we are offering our partners a further opportunity for knowledge exchange and networking. We have worked with the European Sediment Network (called SedNet) to schedule our annual meeting so it runs in tandem with their workshop focused on sediment classification and management decisions - in situ and ex situ. This will enable members of Sednet colleagues to meet our partners and find out more about our project. Likewise, our partners have been invited to attend the SedNet workshop, which runs in the same location through to 21 September 2018. 

It will be a very busy few days - we are looking forward to seeing familiar faces, meeting new colleagues and having some great discussion.

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

Site Visit in Leeds to Develop Sullied Sediments Volunteer Water Sampling Activity

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Sustainable NSR

Sullied Sediments partners from the Canal and River Trust, University of Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Council start to develop the volunteer wate…

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Sullied Sediments second annual meeting coming up in September in Hamburg

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Sustainable NSR

The second Sullied Sediments annual meeting will be held on 19 and 20 September 2018 in Hamburg.

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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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Sullied Sediments Project Prepares to Launch

Friday, January 20, 2017
Sustainable NSR

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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