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Our friends and partners gathered on New Year’s Eve to discuss important environmental issues and outputs of last year’s projects: more than 20 public river watchers joined us, thus 27 new marks appeared on the map. Clicking on them, one will learn the river nitrate and microplastics content .

Our friends and partners gathered on New Year’s Eve to discuss important environmental issues and outputs of last year’s projects: more than 20 public river watchers joined us, thus 27 new marks appeared on the map

The waste managment system reform in Russia started On the first January 2019. It changed the amount of utility bills-in particular for the removal of waste.  Is it possible to deal with their own waste management? How can waste be collected separately? What should a site for separate waste accumulation look like? Who should be responsible for implementing the separate fee? It was discussed at the round table "Formats of separate waste accumulation in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region", organized by "RazDelny sbor" https://vk.com/wall-31712887_52200

Friends of the Baltic initiated a public survey to find out how residents evaluate the work of sewage treatment plants in their region.

The villages of Zhivoy Ruchey, Kuznechnoye, Shcheglovo, Yukki, Toksovo, Novoe Devyatkino, Kuzemkino, as well as Lomonosov and Kingisepp towns have the same challenges: there are problems with wastewater treatment in all settlements. According to residents opinions, 5 settlements do not have sewage treatment plants at all, 4 - have sewage treatment plants, but they are broken.

Wastewater treatment worked unefficiently not only in these communities - almost all the villages of Leningrad region face similar challenges.

Friends of the Baltic non-government organization took part in a meeting with representatives of civil initiatives (23.12.18 Trava party) from St.Petersburg and Leningrad region. During the event we shared some methods and expertise of civil science. Friends of the Baltic are using tested methods of public monitoring while working to determine the quality of water in the water bodies of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region. The study of water is conducted according to several indicators - determination of content of nitrates in the water and concentration of micro-plastic. 

Cesspool? No, thanks.

There are 3.5 thousand gardening communities and more than 2 million gardeners in the Leningrad region. Over the three summer months, there collected toilet wastes, in which there are more than 2,300 tons of nitrogen and 300 tons of phosphorus. Half a million people reside on the territory of the Leningrad Region in houses that are not connected to the sewage system. These are 2,275 tons of nitrogen and 255 tons of phosphorus per year. In the absence of treatment, untreated sewage flows into groundwater and surface water, causing eutrophication and contaminating drinking water sources. Cesspools are still the most common way to collect toilet waste in rural areas. 

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