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Using sediment as a resource

Priority Axis

Resource Efficient Economy

Specific objective

Efficient Use of Resources and Materials

Lead partner

Regional Water Authority of Schieland and Krimpenerwaard


Start Date


End Date


Project budget

4 821 010

ERDF amount

2 892 606

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    Water management authorities are responsible for keeping waterways in the 2 Seas area free from accumulating sediments to reduce risks of flooding and to keep waterways accessible for water-based transport. Most of this sediment is transported and dumped as waste, which is a very costly and wasteful operation.

    USAR introduces an alternative, resource efficient approach based on the potential to use sediments as a resource for new materials. USAR will identify, demonstrate and test new methods and develop the business models and tools that water managers need to apply this circular approach in practice.

    Main Achievements

    PP4 has used the USAR project and the pilots of the other partners to talk in more detail and depth to interested parties in their own region, such as Port of Truro. The USAR project has helped the Port to assess more what they need themselves in terms of sediment reuse. So the Port is looking at the moment at reuse of dredge sediment to inforce and repair an eroding bank, which is holding back an old rubbish landfill. Also, coming out of the Sep2017 partnermeeting in Fowey, the port has been very interested in the USAR project, and has actively stayed informed on the OSMS. Furthermore, finishing the Recycling Strategy was a good achievement. 
    PP3 has been very involved in WP's 1, 2 and 3. The other partners cooperated fully and with enthusiasm. 

    Regarding the progress for the pilots (WP4), the partners assisted one another where they could. E.g. the presence of PP1 with the meetings of PP6 and the Belgian Environmental Agency, was very helpful and enlightend for all parties involved.



    De Vlaamse Waterweg nv


    Westcountry Rivers Trust

    Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners


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    Theme: Resource efficiencyEcosystem resilience
    Type: e-infrastructure/online tool
    Target: Environmental agencies


    Theme: Resource efficiencyEcosystem resilience
    Type: Strategy/action plan
    Target: Environmental agencies