Dear readers, in this issue of our journal we bring you an interview with Petr Marvan, our leading diatom expert and former employee of the TGM Water Research Institute, p.r.i., , who celebrated his 90th birthday on 29 April this year.
From the world of water management
Contribution to the history of research of wastewater treatment technologies in the Water Research Institute
In the past, research on water purification technologies was carried out according to a different key than now. In addition to achieving the highest possible cleaning effect, the aim was also to reduce costs, simplify construction processes and often bypass the ignorance of know-how in operating abroad technologies.
In 1989, Prague units organizational and dislocation structure of the Water Research Institute (WRI) was rather rugged. It consisted of the traditional components of water management research, referred to collectively as section 20 located in Podbaba, and an experimental group dealing with wastewater treatment in Papírenská Street.
Ing. Miroslav Kněžek, CSc., who worked at the TGM Water Research Institute, p.r.i., for almost four decades and who has contributed significantly to that the TGM WRI is respected authority in the field of hydrology and hydrogeology.
On Tuesday, October 24, 2019, the annual celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the State Institute of Hydrology, today’s T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute, culminated.
In the monumental hydraulic hall of the TGM Water Research Institute, p.r.i., in Prague in Podbaba, the fifth musical intervention for the regular siren rehearsal was performed as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of its foundation.
Interview with Ing. Jan Uhlík, Ph.D., hydrogeologist at PROGEO, s. r. o., on the topic of low precipitation, warming and climate.
Evaporation from the free surface is one of the basic elements of the hydrological balance. Its average value has been changing over the years due to the progressive climate change, as is the case with other elements of the hydrological balance.
The INSPIRE Directive is a term that has been declining in the last decade in connection with spatially localized data, so-called geodata, including hydrological data. The full title of the European Parliament and Council Directive of 14 March 2007 establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) primarily addresses the availability, quality, organization, access and sharing of spatial information.
On May 22, 2019, TGM Water Research Institute, p.r.i., organized a workshop on Water Footprint. The expert guarantor was Ing. Libor Ansorge, Ph.D. The workshop was attended by nine domestic and foreign experts dealing with water footprint assessment (WF).
On June 20, 2019, the premises of the TGM Water Research Institute on the occasion of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of its foundation, were opened to the general public as part of the Open Day, both at the Prague and at the Brno and Ostrava branches.
Interview with Ole Frijs-Madsen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to the Czech Republic on the subject of drinking water, water prices in Denmark and much more.
Biochar has a wide range of applications in the field of water technology, not only as part of the technological solution for water purification and treatment, but also as a material produced from waste products of this technology. In the article we consider the perspective of this application and the possibility and need for its research.
On March 28, 2019, the Czech Science and Technology Water Management Society and the Czech Limnological Society held a discussion forum on Novotný lávka in Prague, the topic of which was “Water Management in the Landscape”.
The Water Research Institute of T. G. Masaryk, p.r.i., on behalf of its director, Ing. Tomáš Urban and the author of the exhibition RNDr. Tomáš Hrdinka, Ph.D., allows us to cordially invite you to a traveling exhibition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of our institution.
On May 22, 2019 Water Research Institute TG Masaryk v. V. I., In Prague organized a workshop complex domestic and foreign experts dealing with the issue of assessing the water footprint.
Interview with Ing. Tomáš Urban, Director of the TGM Water Research Institute, p.r.i., on his position as Director of the Water Research Institute, the National Drought Coalition and much more.
In June 2019 on the Danube Day will start the biggest international river expedition of the year Joint Danube Survey 4 (JDS4). Joint Danube Surveys are organised by Secretariat of the the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) Three Joint Danube Surveys were previously conducted in 2001, 2007, and 2013.
Climate change in dryas and at the beginning of the Holocene – rise in ocean levels and its impact on the migration of civilizations in the Middle East and the Indian Ocean
Today’s history or archeology is nowadays a highly developed field that that has long since surpassed during the twentieth century, its original, rather humanities, focus – at a deeper acquaintance with a number of published articles or monographs, however, you can find a deficit in relation to the relatively recent findings from climate change history.
Czech-Danish Water Days 2019 contributed to the development of further cooperation between Czech and Danish institutions and companies. Nine Danish companies, along with a representative of the Danish Water Technology Group, bringing together more than 600 Danish companies offering water management solutions, attended these days from 18 to 20 March.
On 18.–20. March 2019 the Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark organizes Czech-Danish Water Days 2019. The aim is to open a dialogue between the Czech and Danish actors on reducing the consumption of water and other water management challenges in industrial production, but also in the public sector.
Ponds shape the landscape in many places in the Czech Republic, and in some areas they are even the dominant landscape element. The most famous current fishpond area is undoubtedly Třeboňsko, but we can find other important systems.
The Ponds Conference is traditionally held in June and is organized as a two-day event with evening informal sitting planned for the first evening. The first day focuses on the overall issue of ponds and provides a wide range of views on these important landscape features.
Interview with the hydrobiologist RNDr. Jindřich Duras, Ph.D., Chairman of the Czech Phosphor Platform, s., Member of the Committee of the Czech Limnological Society.
Information about the ČVTVHS seminar The current problems of small water reservoirs and protective dams on the streams
The issue of construction, operation and repairs of small water reservoirs (including dry tanks) and flood protection dams is constantly updated in our country, regardless of the current hydrological conditions, ie not only for the extreme periods of floods and droughts of recent years.
Interview with prominent Czech hydrotechnician prof. Ing. Vojtěch Brož, DrSc., about his career in the field of water management, his view on contemporary water works and their creation, etc.
A hundred years of the work of the Forestry Kingdom on the Upper Elbe as a commemoration in the celebration of the great anniversary of the establishment of independent Czechoslovakia
For many it is the most beautiful dam in our country, with unique romantic elements on the crown. It is listed in the list of national cultural monuments of the Czech Republic under the somewhat special name of Vodní elektrárna – dam of the Kingdom of the Kingdom in Bílá Třemešná, although this is probably not a part of the hydropower plant itself.
Expert Seminar “Problems of Inspections of Waste Water Treatment Plants under Section 15a of the Water Act”
On September 11, 2018, under the auspices of the expert group Waste Waters – Cleanliness of Waters at ČVTVHS, z. s., and in cooperation with the Technical Group of the Czech Aquatic Association at the Czech Water Association, an accredited seminar focused on the revision of the 50 EO house-cleaning facilities.
The traditional meeting of the water management public, representatives of the state administration and self-government, which has already been known as the National Water Dialogue, took place from 18 to 19 May. September 2018. This year’s eighth continuation of the event brought two organizational changes.
For more than 60 years, the issue of the occurrence and behavior of radioactive substances in water has been dealt with in the Water Management Research Institute. With the observation of natural and artificial radionuclides in the hydrosphere, the team started under the guidance of Dr. Ing. Jaroslav Bulíček.
The paper presents the draft of the plan for drought and water scarcity in the Czech Republic. The plan is a basic document of drought protection. It serves to coordinate activities in a given area during drought and water shortages.
As part of the Drought project, a comprehensive monitoring of watercourses and land in their catchment areas was launched in the Czech Republic to assess the impact of the implementation of revitalization actions to protect against the effects of drought.
These and other questions were answered by experts who come into contact with drought and water shortages daily.
On the 30th of May, the Dry Period 2014–2017 seminar took place at the Novotného lávka in Prague: evaluations, impacts and measures organized by the Czech Scientific and Technical Water Management Company in cooperation with the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute and the TGM Water Research Institute.
TGM Water Research Institute, p. r. i., the Czech Nature Protection Agency, the Czech Fishing Union Council, the Czech Fisheries Union Council, and the local organization of the Czech Fishing Union Lysá n. Labem (MO ČRS Lysá n. Labem) together with the Expert Group – The Commission for Fish Transfers at the AOPK Czech Republic organized a second year of the World Fish Migration Day (WFMD), Fish Education Day for children, youth and the general public with the title “Where do the fish go?”
Past tests of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere, nuclear energy facilities and tritium of natural origin are main sources of tritium in the environment. Thanks to its presence in environment and its favourable properties, tritium is used as a radiotracer.
Significant adverse effects of measures for the use of heavily influenced water bodies: experiences and examples from abroad
In April 2018, an international workshop was held in Brussels to assess the significance of adverse impacts of planned measures for use or wider environment of heavily modified and artificial water bodies. This issue is related to the implementation of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC and the harmonization of the level of good ecological potential among EU Member States.
Interview with the hydrobiologist RNDr. Zdeňka Žáková, CSc. on the topic of her long-term practice, natural sewage treatment plant and Flooded cultural and natural heritage of South Moravia project.
Traditional conference The Radionuclide and Ionizing Radiation Conference on Water Management took place on 24.–25. May. 4. 2018 at the Clarion Hotel in České Budějovice. Expert guarantor was Ing. E. Hanslík, CSc., (TGM WRI, p. r. i.) and organizational guarantor Ing. V. Bečvář, CSc. (ČVTVHS, z. s.).
On May 24, 2018 took place on Novotného lávka in Prague General Meeting of ČVTVHS, z. s.