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The ultimate goal of the adventure is to raise the collective consciousness of some 22 million people using the Rhine as drinking water and at the same time, show that the river still carries chemical waste, such as antibiotics, pesticides, residues birth control pills and drugs.

 

En una entrevista para "Der Spiegel", Fath lamentó que a pesar de que es conocida la contaminación que sufren algunos tramos del río, nadie se interese por ello. "Sin embargo, cuando se oye que un profesor loco nada por el Rin, la gente empieza a prestar atención", Andreas Fath tiene 49 años, es profesor de Química en la Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas de Furtwangen y en su tiempo libre practica la natación, una pasión que descubrió cuando tenía ocho años.  aseguró.

La meta final de la aventura es despertar la conciencia colectiva de unos 22 millones de personas que utilizan las aguas del Rin como agua potable y, al mismo tiempo, demostrar que el cauce del río aún transporta desechos químicos, como antibióticos, pesticidas, restos de píldoras anticonceptivas y drogas.

Un alemán nada el Rin a lo largo para alertar de su contaminación

Berlín, 28 jul (EFE).- El profesor de química y deportista de riesgo alemán Andreas Fath comenzó hoy el reto de recorrer a nado el curso del Rin en sólo un mes para alertar de su contaminación y buscar financiación para protegerlo y limpiarlo.

Tras más de un año de preparación, Fath partió hoy desde el nacimiento del río en el Tomasee (Suiza) para recorrer, en 25 etapas, los más de 1.200 kilómetros que separan este lugar de su desembocadura, en la localidad holandesa de Hoek van Holland, a la que pretende llegar el 24 de agosto.

A lo largo de su recorrido, este científico de la Escuela Superior de Furtwangen (suroeste de Alemania) recogerá muestras de agua para llamar la atención sobre la composición del Rin.

A la vez, tratará de conseguir los cerca de 100.000 euros que necesita para adquirir una máquina de análisis avanzada que le ayude con su investigación sobre la calidad de las aguas del río más caudaloso de Alemania y el de mayor longitud en territorio alemán.

La primera jornada de su aventura, no obstante, apenas duró tres minutos, pues los primeros kilómetros del curso alto del Rin recorren una zona de montaña peligrosa, y Fath optó por recorrerlos en bicicleta.

En una entrevista para la edición digital del semanario "Der Spiegel", Fath lamentó recientemente que, a pesar de que es conocida la contaminación que sufren algunos tramos del río, nadie se interese por ello.

"Sin embargo, cuando se oye que un profesor loco nada por el Rin, la gente empieza a prestar atención", aseguró.

Aunque éste es su mayor desafío, no es la primera vez que este alemán de 49 años realiza largas distancias a nado, como cuando en 2008 consiguió el récord en la categoría de mayores de 40 años al recorrer los 27 kilómetros del lago de Zúrich (Suiza) en 6 horas y 17 minutos.

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'Mad professor' to swim length of Rhine

 “Rheines Wasser“: Extreme sport, scientific experiments and environmental protection all in one

http://www.waterforum.net/Artikel/PrintArtikel.aspx?ID=8116

07 juli 2014
Furtwangen University (HFU) professor swims Rhine from source to estuary to test water quality “Yes, I am a bit crazy,” laughs Andreas Fath a Furtwangen University Professor of Physical and Analytical Chemistry specializing in Ecological Engineering. And maybe he is, because this summer the chemist plans to swim the Rhine from source to estuary - something that until now only the Bonn swimmer Klaus Pechstein has achieved. And that was back in 1969. The Swiss swimmer Ernst Bromeis was forced to abandon his 2012 attempt.

Double Challenge
Professor Fath, who began his successful competitive long-distance swimming career in the 1980s and in 2012 became the German Masters Champion in his age group, has been preparing for the Rhine attempt intensively for the last year. But, as the name of the project, “Rheines Wasser”, implies, the sporting challenge is not actually the most important thing for him. “As a long-distance swimmer, I am passionate about water which also explains my interest as a scientist,” he explains. “Of course, the river will test me, but I’m going to test the river, too. I’m interested in how good the quality of the water all along the Rhine is, between the Alps and the North Sea.”

Raise Awareness For Effective Water Protection
The event also aims to use the high level of public interest to raise awareness for the importance of water as a resource and the need for increased water protection. Andreas Fath will test the Rhine all along the 1,231 metres of the river - something that has never been done before.

A scientific team consisting of students from Furtwangen University and partners from the Water Technology Centre in Karlsruhe, the Alfred Wegener Institute in Helgoland, the University of Bayreuth, the Swiss aquatic research institute EAWAG, and the Dutch centre of excellence for sustainable water technology Wetsus, will be supporting Andreas Fath. The water samples taken during the swim every day will be tested for industrial chemicals, hormones, anti-depressants, sweeteners, antibiotics, painkillers, drugs, pathogens and microplastics, among other substances. The project team will also measure current speed, pH values, conductivity and the temperature of the water. “We expect to collect a great deal of new scientific data,” explains Andreas Fath, “For example, regarding the level of microplastics’ pollution in the Rhine between the source and the North Sea.” But they will also be looking at where water quality has improved in the last few years. “My real goal in the long run, after we have analyzed the results of the Rhine measurements and determined the source of the pollutants, is to develop systems and processes which remove these substances before they even reach the water. The same way I’ve already managed to do with a filtering process for perfluorinated tensides,” says Fath.

 

 

http://www.thelocal.de/page/view/rhineland

 

 

 

 

 

The "Salmon 2000 Programme" started by the Rhine Ministers of Environment under the coordination of the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR) has now been integrated in the programme on the sustainable development of the River Rhine "Rhine 2020" whose main objectives are ecology restoration, flood prevention and groundwater protection.

http://www.fao.org/docrep/007/ad525e/ad525e08.htm

  Proceedings of the second international symposium on the management of large ...

The Present Status of the River Rhine with Special Emphasis on Fisheries Development -

T. Brenner1 A.D. Buijse2 M. Lauff3 J.F. Luquet4 E. Staub5

 

Due to the improvement in water quality the number and abundance of the majority of fish species have increased and the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.), which was formerly extinct, not only occurs in some tributaries but also reproduces naturally. In total over 60 species are present in the river basin. From its indigenous ichthyofauna of 44 species only Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser sturio L.) has not been seen with certainty during the last decade. Most species other than the migratory species are self-sustainable, but the overall species composition is skewed towards a few ubiquitous ones, such as roach (Rutilus rutilus (L.) and bream (Abramis brama (L.). Twenty exotic species are present but nowhere dominate the fish community. New species (e.g. Abramis sapa Pallas, Proterorhinus marmoratus (Pallas) now appear more frequently as they reach the Rhine through the Rhine-Main-Danube canal. The commercial fishery is based mainly on eel (Anguilla anguilla (L.) and pikeperch (Stizostedion lucioperca (L.). Exploitation of migratory fish species is not remunerative and in the case of salmonids their fishing is banned. However, there is a flourishing recreational fishery. The "Salmon 2000 Programme" started by the Rhine Ministers of Environment under the coordination of the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR) has now been integrated in the programme on the sustainable development of the River Rhine "Rhine 2020" whose main objectives are ecology restoration, flood prevention and groundwater protection. Possibilities for the restoration of the River Rhine are limited by the multipurpose use of the river for shipping, hydropower, drinking water and agriculture. Further recovery is hampered by the numerous hydropower stations that interfere with downstream fish migration, the poor habitat diversity, the lack of lateral connectivity between main channel and floodplains and the cumulative unknown effects of thousands of synthesised components in water.

This paper describes the different national and international programmes for the restoration of the River Rhine, its tributaries and measures for the reintroduction of the Atlantic salmon such as stocking, habitat enhancement and construction of fish passages

http://www.fao.org/docrep/007/ad525e/ad525e08.htm

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Days_to_the_River_Rhine

 

Training Exercise "Seven Days to the River Rhine"
Part of Cold War
Probable Axes of Attack.jpg
Date
1979
Location
NATO/Warsaw Pact border in Germany
Result
Unknown; never attempted.
Territorial
changes
Austria, Denmark, Germany and Netherlands east of River Rhine to the Warsaw Pact

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