Case study:Irpin river restoration

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Project overview

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Status Planned
Project web site
Themes Economic aspects, Flood risk management, Hydromorphology, Land use management - agriculture, Social benefits, Spatial planning
Country Ukraine
Main contact forename Michael
Main contact surname Hoffmann
Main contact user ID User:Miho-kiev
Contact organisation Institute of Water Problems and Land Reclamation
Contact organisation web site
Partner organisations
Parent multi-site project
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The Irpin River, right tributary of the Dnieper River west of Kiev, Ukraine (photo Vasiliy Kostyushin)

Project summary

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The full name of the project is: Integrated Planning of water resources use within the Irpin River basin, subtitle: Irpin River restoration via integrated river basin management - Balancing nature, agriculture and recreation. The project was presented on the RR conference in Vienna 2013.

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The project idea was developed on the basis of results from a comprehensive technical/hydrological study of the whole river basin in the years 2009-2012. In 2013 the Ukrainian Centre for River Restoration (UCRR) was established at the Institute of Water Problems and Land Reclamation, Kiev. The Irpin river project was selected as a first official project of the UCRR.

The project implementation has started with the participation and consultation of stakeholders in a special workshop in April 2014. Before, during and after this workshop all kind of information has been collected and used to set up a database for the use of GIS visualisation, GIS-based modelling and first characterisation of the catchments.

Monitoring surveys and results

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A regular monitoring as foreseen for the WFD was not yet implemented. Existing results of former studies are mainly related to river discharge and random samplings for water quality controls. Further monitoring results are collected by several departments of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine. The sampling stations are however further downriver of the subbasin border.

Lessons learnt

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The big number of problems and open questions is beyond the personnel and financial capacity of Ukrainian state institutions. International cooperation will help to gain or exchange best practices in river restoration but it is also clear that a much smaller subbasin of the river had to be selected to start with.

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Landuse pressures will be identified and solutions proposed (photo Vasiliy Kostiushyn)
One of 17 massive concrete constructions built to regulate water flow and to avoid flooding downstream (photo Vasiliy Kostiushyn)
Private buildings in the river valley (photo Vasiliy Kostiushyn)
Agriculture is the main landuse in the subbasin
Canalisation is still missing. Groundwater pollution from living places is assessed by GIS-based modelling.

Catchment and subcatchment


Name Irpin River subbasin
WFD water body codes UA0112/xx
WFD (national) typology HMWB, Type 15: small sand-dominated lowland river
WFD water body name
Pre-project morphology low land river of the Eastern Plains, impounded
Reference morphology Actively meandering
Desired post project morphology improved connectivity
Heavily modified water body Yes
National/international site designation
Local/regional site designations
Protected species present Yes
Invasive species present Yes
Species of interest
Dominant hydrology Artificially regulated
Dominant substrate Sand
River corridor land use Intensive agriculture (arable), forestry, pastures, settlements
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Mean discharge category 1 - 10 m³/s
Mean annual discharge (m3/s)
Average channel gradient category 0.001 - 0.01
Average channel gradient
Average unit stream power (W/m2)

Project background

Reach length directly affected (m) 10000
10,000 m
10 km
1,000,000 cm
Project started 2013/04/01
Works started 2013/04/01
Works completed
Project completed
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Cost for project phases

Phase cost category cost exact (k€) Lead organisation Contact forename Contact surname
Investigation and design
Stakeholder engagement and communication Less than 1 k€
Works and works supervision
Post-project management and maintenance

Supplementary funding information

The project is still in the planning phase; funds not yet available

Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure
Hydromorphology Channel pattern/planform, The River Irpin must be considered as heavily modified (HMWB) due to dam constructions, intensive agriculture a.o.
Physico-chemical Nutrient concentrations, water quality influenced by diffuse pollution sources (agriculture, urbanisation)
Other reasons for the project Community demand, recreation, landscape enhancement


Structural measures
Bank/bed modifications Weir removal, Dam removal
Floodplain / River corridor
Planform / Channel pattern
Non-structural measures
Management interventions landuse changes
Social measures (incl. engagement)
Other cooperation with local or regional investors


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