Crisuri Water Basin Administration


Crisuri Water Basin Administration

Organization: CWBA - Crişuri Water Basin Administration (Romania)

The Crisuri Water Basin Administration (DPS 9) plans to address widespread PET pollution in the cross-border area by installing three litter traps across the Barcău, Crișul Repede, and Crișul Negru rivers. This initiative, implemented at the basin scale, aims to manage waste and clean watercourses effectively, focusing on reducing plastic pollution in these key waterways.

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General Info

The Crişuri Water Basin Administration (CWBA) has proposed installing three litter traps along the Barcău, Crișul Repede, and Crișul Negru Rivers to manage waste and clean the watercourses. This initiative targets reducing PET pollution in the transboundary areas of these rivers, which intersect Natura2000 sites designated under the Habitats and Birds Directives. The litter trap locations are strategically placed to address environmental concerns and protect biodiversity within these sensitive habitats.

What measures have been taken?

Implementation of Litter Traps

  • Objective: Reduce water pollution in Barcău, Crișul Repede, and Crișul Negru rivers.
  • Method: Passive collection using litter traps, guided by buoys and collected in designated containers.
  • Components:
    • Buoys for debris guidance.
    • Containers for debris collection.
    • Access roads for debris transport.
  • Impact: Minimize pollution impact on biodiversity in Natura2000 sites.

Environmental Impact

  • Expected positive environmental impact.
  • Reduction of floating litter in Romanian waterways.
  • Decreased litter impact downstream in Hungary.


Litter traps are recognized as efficient and economical tools for removing floating debris, designed to suit diverse geographical settings and easily movable. They are most effective when placed in sub-catchments of main watercourses where low water velocity facilitates the accumulation of significant debris volumes. Optimal sites are characterized by sparse vegetation, ensuring accessibility for transport vehicles to facilitate debris removal efficiently.