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On March 29, 2021, a joint expedition of the Ecocentrum and Friends of the Baltic took place in the Vyborg district of the Leningrad Region to study the state of small rivers. Among the partners who participated in the expedition are the Institute of Limnology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Baltic Nature Foundation.

On March 23-25, Friends of the Baltic traditionally took part in the XXI International Forum Baltic Sea Day and the XX International Forum Ecology of the Big City. They spoke at an expanded meeting of the Permanent Commission on Ecology and Nature Management of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, made proposals to the resolution of the round table on river basin management, spoke about the monitoring of rivers and springs at a seminar on water protection problems, presented the public's view on initiatives to reduce plastic pollution at the Russian-Japanese conference “Clean Sea " and communicated with visitors to the exhibition within the framework of the Big City Ecology forum, where they presented their programs and stands. 

On November 24, activists of the Friends of the Baltic organization, together with teachers-public water observers from Vyborg made a water quality test of Buslovka river in Luzhaika village, Vyborg district. Although this is a rather late time for field trips, we had a serious reason for this. We received a message from Oksana Uryadnikova, chairwoman of Luzhayka village. She said that residents complain about the poor quality of tap water in the village: it is reddish and has suspended matter, and after using water, an unpleasant sticky film remains on the skin. They fixed uncontrolled wastewater discharge into the Buslovka river, the tributary of the Seleznevka river. Oksana provided a photo and video recording of this situation. We could not ignore this appeal and decided to visit Luzhaika: to talk with locals, to take water express tests and to draw maximum attention to the situation. Seleznevka is an object of high attention for the Friends of the Baltic organization, because it is a transboundary river and the object of observation within the framework of Russian-Finnish cross-border cooperation project "Water meet people - learn, act, influence" (SEVIRA).

Friends of the Baltic and Ecocentrum have organized November 6-7 the round table Environmental conditions of water bodies of the Leningrad region: solutions for the Vyborg district". The purposes of the event were the presentation of the river quality results of projects to the administration and locals, discussion of potential sources of pollution, and the necessary measures for its reduction. The same days our group made field expeditions.The working group investigated the quality of water in springs and small rivers in the Vyborg district. This field trip was held within the framework of the project "Water meet people - learn, act, influence" (SEVIRA), the project "Clean springs - clean rivers - healthy Baltic - healthy people", supported by the Presidential Grants Fund, and within the Water Program of the Coalition Clean Baltic.

2In 2020, the annual interregional “Eco-monitoring of rivers and coasts of the Gulf of Finland and the environment” conference took place the 20th time. It combined its anniversary with an atypical format: for the first time in twenty years, the conference was held online (due to the sanitary and epidemiological situation with COVID-19). The event was organized by the non-profit organization “Friends of the Baltic” and the Center of additional education named Palace of Creativity at the Voznesensky Bridge.

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