The Institute of Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Management had the pleasure to host two training events in the field of water protection and water quality in the last weeks. Both the training course "'Water Keeper" and the sampling course for groundwater, surface waters and sediments offered valuable knowledge and practical insights to the participants.
The Federal Office for Water Management, the Austrian Water and Waste Management Association (ÖWAV) as well as the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) are - each for itself, but also all together - committed to the protection of our waters. By cooperating in the preparation of regulations, education and training programs, and information and public relations work, they make an important contribution to sustainability and to the achievement of national and international goals in the field of water protection.
Training Course for Watercourse Wardens
The training course "Water Keeper" of the Austrian Water and Waste Management Association is conducted in accordance with the ÖWAV Rule Sheet 303 and was aimed at employees of flood, water and wastewater associations, farmers, municipalities, administrative departments and companies that are entrusted with the care and maintenance of water bodies.
In several modules, the course imparted basic knowledge about the ecology in and around water bodies, introduced the structures of hydraulics, provided information about the special features of a hydraulic construction site and also dealt with the legal aspects.
Also held was the sampling course for groundwater, surface waters and sediments, organized and conducted by the Federal Environment Agency in cooperation with the provinces of Upper Austria and Tyrol and the Federal Office for Water Management.
This course gave the participants a sound introduction to sampling for chemical-physical analyses according to the Water Condition Monitoring Ordinance (Gewässerzustandsüberwachungsverordnung, GZÜV). Lectures covered topics such as preparation of sampling, assessment of monitoring sites, sampling itself, and sample handling and preservation. Practical exercises and excursions offered the participants the opportunity to directly apply and deepen the acquired knowledge. A highlight was again the boat trip to the institute measuring buoy at Lake Mondsee. As in previous courses, the Institute of Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Management (Dr. Martin Luger, Department of Hydrology) supervised the station "Sampling of Stagnant Waters" and enabled the participants to gain practical experience in sampling at the deepest point of Lake Mondsee.