About the Graie

Drapeau FRAn interface between water professionals

A non-profit organisation, the Graie – group of research, technical coordination and water information has been mobilising and bringing together stakeholders in the fields of water management, aquatic environments and urban planning for more than 30 years. Created in 1985, the Graie now has more than 300 members: public and private professionals, local authorities, firms and research laboratories.


Our vocation

Produce and propagate scientific and technical knowledge, highlight case studies and convey collective messages to public authorities. The Graie thus contributes to knowledge appropriation and the evolution of practices & water regulations.


4 main themes



Urban water:
This theme has been one of the Graie’s main activities since its creation. The Graie’s action aims at promoting alternative solutions for stormwater management, better understanding the impact of urban effluents on aquatic environments and assisting with knowledge transfer in the field of water and urban drainage.


Water and public health:
The characterisation and control of micropollutants in water is an important emerging issue from both a scientific and public policy point of view. Since 2010, the Graie has coordinated the SIPIBEL observatory – Bellecombe’s pilot site – on the characterisation of hospital and urban effluents, their impact on aquatic environments and levers of action.


Aquatic environments:
The integrated management of water and aquatic environments is the second founding theme of the Graie; it requires inter- and multidisciplinary approaches involving various stakeholders. Since 1985, the Graie has been mobilising a network of experts for the production of an integrated management methodology. It also coordinated a reflection on work to be carried out after flooding, which resulted in an awareness brochure.



Urban drainage:
Beyond all the above themes, the Graie helps local authorities implement regulations in the field of urban sewerage and drainage on a regional scale. It hosts 4 working groups on urban drainage: treatment plants, self-monitoring of sewer networks and systems, non-domestic effluent discharges and on-site sanitation. It also coordinates a SPANC (public services for on-site sanitation) regional observatory, and is putting in place an observatory on practices for sewer self-monitoring. In 2018, the Graie will coordinate a regional charter for quality on-site sanitation.


Our modes of action

The Graie aims at sharing a culture based on knowledge and exchange of experiences, in order to improve practices in the field of water management. To do so, the Graie:


  • Hosts 5 research groups: ZABR – Rhone Basin Long Term Environment Research, OTHU – Field Observatory for Urban Hydrology around Lyon, SIPIBEL – Bellecombe’s pilot site on hospital effluents and sewage treatment plants in Haute-Savoie, OSR – Rhone Sediment Observatory and OHM VR – Rhone Valley Human-Environment Observatory
  • Coordinates regional exchange networks
  • Organises meetings, conferences and symposiums, from a local to international scale
  • Mobilises research teams on subjects requiring multidisciplinary skills
  • Produces technical, scientific and awareness documents freely available on its website
  • Represents a community of local authorities, scientists and technical partners that draws up and presents proposals to the State, to diverse authorities and partners on a national scale, in order to build or improve the regulatory framework for water management on the territories



The permanent team of Graie is composed of 11 members of staff including 6 project managers, with both technical and scientific skills.
The Graie relies on a board of directors made up of representatives of local authorities, research organisations and companies. It is supported by many partners: Water agencies, local authorities, Ministries, …


The board of directors:

BRGM Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Stéphane BUSCHAERT, deputy Blandine CLOZEL LELOUP
Mandate: 2016-2019


Chambéry Métropole – Cœur des Bauges
Jean-Maurice VENTURINI, deputy Jean-Philippe LAPLANCHE
Mandate: 2017-2020


École des Mines de Saint-Etienne
Mandate: 2016-2019


Mandate: 2015-2018


Mandate: 2015-2018


IRSTEA Lyon Villeurbanne
Pascal BOISTARD, deputy Catherine BOUTIN
Mandate: 2016-2019


Lycée LEGTA AGROTEC Vienne Seyssuel
Boris SZEMPRUCH, deputy Sophie BRUDER
Mandate: 2017-2020


Roannaise de l’eau – Syndicat du cycle de l’eau
Daniel FRECHET, deputy Pascal PETIT
Mandate: 2016-2019


Structures Etudes Diagnostics ic
Sylvestre E. DORE, deputy Valérie PETIT
Mandate: 2015-2018 SUEZ


Consulting – Safège
Muriel FLORIAT, deputy Olivier SAINTPIERRE
Mandate: 2015-2018


Syndicat des Eaux des Rocailles et de Bellecombe
Luc PATOIS, deputy Audrey ROCH
Mandate: 2015-2018


Syndicat Intercommunal du Lac d’Annecy – SILA
Valérie GUICHARD, deputy Yovann LOIR
Mandate: 2017-2020


Pierre FRANCILLARD, deputy Dominique FLEURENT
Mandate: 2016-2019


Valence Romans Agglo
Marlène BLANC, deputy Franck BIOTEAU
Mandate: 2017-2020


Veolia Eau Grand Est
Vincent CHEVALIER, deputy Laurent BAUMANN
Mandate: 2017-2020