After two years of research, Instituto APLYSIA launched, on December 9, 2015, an original project in Brazil: the Guide for Environmental Effect Monitoring on Water Resources (Guia de Monitoramento dos Efeitos Ambientais em Recursos Hídricos). The document establishes a unified monitoring model for water quality and river depollution in Brazil.
The tool supports, for example, mapping priority water environments for recovery after contamination. Thus, activities for recovery of rivers affected by domestic and industrial waste pollution now have a standardized tool for impact evaluation, helping to categorize and recover them more objectively.
Currently, some federal regulations in place provide for the environmental monitoring but none standardizes what methods should be used or recommended by environmental control agencies to monitor waste disposal into rivers or prioritizes the impact on affected species.
With this guide, more effective measurements are established for aquatic ecosystems, which allows better assessment on whether animal and plant protection regulations applied in a region are sufficient or not.
The model was based on the Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM), an instrument developed by Environment Canada and by the Canadian Rivers Institute, a 23-year old institution. In Brazil, these methods were applied for the first time in an Instituto APLYSIA study on three rivers in the State of Espírito Santo: Benevente, Jucu, and Santa Maria da Vitória.