WWF EXPERTS DETECTED: gold mining polluted 2649 KILOMETERs of rivers in Siberia
On the anniversary of the tragedy at a gold-mining site on the Seiba River in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, when a dam break caused the death of 20 people, WWF-Russia and the Rivers Without Borders Environmental Coalition announced the results of the first large-scale public monitoring of river pollution as a result of the activities of gold miners.
Monitoring was implemented by the Center for Satellite Monitoring and Civil Control (St. Petersburg) in June-September, 2020 within the framework of the WWF-Russia project "People for Nature", which is being implemented with the support of the European Commission. The expert used the Landsat 8 satellite images they could freely obtain. They analyzed some parts of the rivers of Southern Siberia in the following regions: Krasnoyarsk Territory, Republic of Tyva, Republic of Khakassia, Republic of Altai, Kemerovo Region, Republic of Buryatia, Altai Territory.
Totally, the experts analyzed and studied 188 images, identified river pollution below the gold mining sites with a length of 2,649 km, identified 78 facts of complex river pollution (including tributaries) at the sites of gold-mining.