“Golden” rivers of Transbaikal and Amurskaya provinces are under satellite surveillance
Environmentalists of the international coalition “Rivers without borders” and specialists from the Center of satellite monitoring and public control reveal cases of river pollution caused by gold dredging.
First results of satellite monitoring have been already submitted to the supervising agencies. For instance, in Amurskaya province the environmentalists registered the first cases of negative impact on water bodies from gold-dredging cooperatives: mud streams are flowing into the Unakha River from the tributaries of Uldegid and Olongro Rivers, where placer gold fields are located. Satellite data show that the Unakha River is polluted on the distance 90 kilometers up to its confluence into the Zeya water reservoir.
Another river in Zeisky district, the Ilikan River, was found polluted as well. The pollution originates from the inflow in the river of the Nikolaevsky creek and the Big Olongro River with placer gold fields. The pollution on the Ilikan River covers about 70 kilometers and then the polluted waters of the Ilikan are mixed with mud streams from the Unakha River.
Satellite monitoring of water bodies near licensed gold mining sites in Amurskaya and Zabaikalskaya provinces will be continued till late autumn, the end of the field season.