Contact Us

For information about the Sullied Sediments project, contact:

Project Lead
Professor Jeanette Rotchell
University of Hull 
(+44)1482 465333 

Project Coordinator
Annabel Hanson
East & North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership
(+44)1482 391678

Project Closure Phase

The Sullied Sediments project entered the project closure phase in January 2021. As a first step at the beginning of the year, our final adjustment change was approved by the Joint Secretariat and we are now just about to submit our final reports.

As part of this process, we have added various publications and outputs to our web space. Please use the menu on the left to navigate to our Sampling Database and Publications pages. These resources have been publicised in our 7th and last newsletter, which was released through our newsfeed on 19 March 2021. We hope you will take a few moments to have a final read.

Any questions about the project can be directed to Annabel Hanson, Sullied Sediments Project Coordinator, at

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' final newsletter published

19 March 2021

Please have a look to find out how you can access our research outputs online and read some reflections about the project.

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Sullied Sediments' citizen science programme exceeds volunteer recruitment target

07 January 2021

RiverDip rolled out in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany

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6th edition of the Sullied Sediments newsletter just published

16 December 2020

We have just issued our 6th newsletter which focuses on communications and public engagement.

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RiverDip Volunteer Training Website Launched by the Sullied Sediments Project Partnership

04 October 2020

Volunteers can now find out how to get involved in our RiverDip citizen science programme online!

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FULLY BOOKED - RiverDip Citizen Science Programme resumes!

23 September 2020

After an eight month hiatus due to Covid-19, we are thrilled to announce the continuation of our volunteer training workshops as part of our RiverDip …

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