The damage seen from space: 1500 kilometers of rivers in the Amur basin polluted
WWF Russia Amur branch summed up the results of the first month of satellite monitoring of river pollution in the Russian Far East. The monitoring was organized by WWF Russia with financial support from the Presidential Grants Fund. Since May 15, 42 cases of water bodies pollution in three Far Eastern regions were revealed; the total length of pollution was 1,510 kilometers. For all identified facts, letters of concern were prepared and sent to the subordinate bodies of Rosprirodnadzor with a request to find out the causes and source of pollution, as well as take measures to punish those enterprises that caused river pollution.
Amurskaya province takes the lead in the number of detected pollutions. After first month, ecologists recorded 34 cases of pollution of water bodies with a total length of 1321 km in this province. In Zabaikalsky province 4 facts of pollution with a total length of 130 km were found, and in Kamchatka - also 4 cases with a total length of pollution of 59 km.
According to Irina Lindberg, the head of Green Economy department of WWF Russia Amur branch:
WWF Russia believes that it is necessary to take measures to prevent such violations and reduce the damage caused by placer gold mining. In particular, to limit the issuance of licenses for rivers previously not affected by placer gold mining; for areas adjacent to the protected areas; for areas located close to settlements or having special environmental or economic value; to increase the role of local people voice in making decisions on the launch of gold mining projects in a particular area; to toughen penalties for miners - violators of the environmental law.