The development of sustainable groundwater management plans for Vordingborg Municipality ensures clean groundwater for future generations.
Based upon the results from the Danish national groundwater mapping program, Ramboll supported Vordingborg Municipality in the development of two sustainable groundwater management plans; one covering southern Zealand and the other covering the islands of Møn and Bogø. The plans are part of the municipality’s responsibility for ensuring sustainable production of clean drinking water which only has to undergo simple water treatment.
The sustainable groundwater management plans include a detailed description of:
- Geology and hydrology of the municipality.
- Potential threats to the groundwater resource, including pesticides, nitrate, known and suspected polluted sites.
- Prioritisation of the areas with the greatest risk.
- Guidelines for future development in the municipality.
- A list of actions that the waterworks, farmers, municipality and other stakeholders must take in order to assure sustainability.
Stakeholders were involved in every step of the development of the plans. Stakeholders included representation from farming, industry and forestry associations, waterworks, environmental NGOs, landowners and local residents. Stakeholders were allowed to comment on the plan under each stage of development, and the plans were adjusted based upon a constructive dialogue with the stakeholders.
Groundwater protection initiatives presented in the plan include:
- Public awareness campaigns on how they can help protect groundwater.
- Voluntary agreements with farmers for nitrate and pesticide-free ecological farming in the most vulnerable areas
- Plugging of unused wells that can present a risk to the lower aquifers.
- Planting of forests for groundwater protection.
- Prioritising the remediation of polluted sites that lie in within a waterwork’s well catchment fields.
Upon completion, the plans went through an obligational 6-week public commenting period, the plans will be accepted and come into effect.