Pollution of the Rio Tinto, Porto, Portugal

Summary of pilot

Our case study is based on the odour emitted by water pollution. The Tinto river valuation project intends to contribute to the definition of a joint action among several entities, whose premises are to identify and register areas of contamination, monitor the evolution of water quality, allowing to sustain from a technical-scientific point of view, the indispensable interventions for the recovery of the river, revitalising the riverside ecosystem and to define future sustainable uses.

The situation

Tinto river has a watershed’s area of approximately 23.5 km2, and the watercourse is about 12 km long.The Tinto river its an urban river. It is characterized by strong human activity. With marginal land use throughout almost all of its course (examples are the agricultural fields on the banks of the river, the houses built in the river bed, the existence of some undue connections that discharge directly into the river).

D-Noses role and aims

This is a very important river for Lipor, since it passes near our facilities, more concretely, next to the old landfill that in the meantime has been transformed into a park of leisure and fun for the population, called “Parque Aventura”. Wanting to bring the river closer to the population, the need arises to clean up its waters and value its banks.

Progress so far

The pilot has reached the 5th phase of D-NOSES engagement method: the action phase. As we aren't allowed to go to schools, we are waiting for the MOC to make it known to schools. This tool will also be used in our Training Academy in an online course.

In relation to the rest of the community and public entities (parishes / municipal councils) we are preparing communication pieces for the beginning of the year to launch a communication campaign on social networks, encouraging the community to participate in the project using the app.
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