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SchussenAktivplus: reduction of micropollutants and of potentially pathogenic bacteria for further water quality improvement of the river Schussen, a tributary of Lake Constance, Germany

Rita Triebskorn1*, Klaus Amler2, Ludek Blaha3, Claudia Gallert4, Sabrina Giebner5, Hans Güde6, Anja Henneberg1, Stefanie Hess7, Harald Hetzenauer6, Klaus Jedele8, Ralph-Michael Jung9, Sven Kneipp10, Heinz-R Köhler1, Stefanie Krais1, Bertram Kuch11, Claudia Lange11, Herbert Löffler6, Diana Maier1, Jörg Metzger11, Michael Müller8, Jörg Oehlmann5, Raphaela Osterauer1, Katharina Peschke1, Jürgen Raizner12, Peter Rey13, Magali Rault14, Doreen Richter15, Frank Sacher15, Marco Scheurer15, Jutta Schneider-Rapp2, Merav Seifan16, Markus Spieth17, Hans-Joachim Vogel18, Michael Weyhmüller19, Josef Winter7 and Karl Wurm20

Author Affiliations

1 Animal Physiological Ecology, University of Tuebingen, Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 20, Tuebingen, D-72072, Germany

2 Ökonsult, Gerberstr. 9, Stuttgart, 70178, Germany

3 RECETOX-Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Kamenice 3, Brno, CZ-62500, Czech Republic

4 Department Microbiology and Biotechnology, University of Applied Sciences Emden Leer, Constantiaplatz 4, Emden, D-26723, Germany

5 Department Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Max-von-Laue-Straße 13, Frankfurt am Main, D-60323, Germany

6 ISF LUBW, Baden-Württemberg State Institute for the Environment, Measurement and Nature Conservation, Institute for Lake Research, Argenweg 50/1, Langenargen, D-88085, Germany

7 Institute of Biology for Engineers and Biotechnology of Wastewater Treatment, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Am Fasanengarten, Karlsruhe, D-76128, Germany

8 JuP, Dr.-Ing. Jedele und Partner GmbH, Industriestraße 2, Stuttgart, D-70565, Germany

9 AZV (Wastewater treatment authority) Mariatal / City of Ravensburg, Seestr.36, Ravensburg, D-88214, Germany

10 Municipality of Merklingen, Hauptstraße 31, Merklingen, D-89188, Germany

11 Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management, University of Stuttgart, Bandtäle 2, Stuttgart, D-70569, Germany

12 Steinbeis Transfer Center East-West Cooperation, Kaplaneigasse 8, Deggingen, D-73326, Germany

13 Hydra-Institute, Fürstenbergstr. 25, Konstanz, D-78467, Germany

14 Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse UMR 7263 CNRS-IRD, IMBE, 301 rue Baruch de Spinoza BP21239 F-84916 Avignon Cedex 09, Avignon, France

15 Water Technology Center Karlsruhe (TZW), Karlsruher Straße 84, Karlsruhe, D-76139, Germany

16 Department of Plant Ecology, University of Tuebingen, Auf der Morgenstelle 3, Tuebingen, D-72076, Germany

17 AV Unteres Schussental, Montfortplatz 7, Tettnang, D-88069, Germany

18 Regional Commission (RP) Tübingen, Konrad-Adenauerstr. 20, Tübingen, D-72072, Germany

19 BBW Biology Laboratory Achberg, Am Königsbühl 15, Achberg, D-88147, Germany

20 GÖL Water Ecology Laboratory Starzach, Tulpenstr. 4, Starzach, D-72181, Germany

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Environmental Sciences Europe 2013, 25:2  doi:10.1186/2190-4715-25-2

Published: 14 January 2013


The project focuses on the efficiency of combined technologies to reduce the release of micropollutants and bacteria into surface waters via sewage treatment plants of different size and via stormwater overflow basins of different types. As a model river in a highly populated catchment area, the river Schussen and, as a control, the river Argen, two tributaries of Lake Constance, Southern Germany, are under investigation in this project. The efficiency of the different cleaning technologies is monitored by a wide range of exposure and effect analyses including chemical and microbiological techniques as well as effect studies ranging from molecules to communities.