68% of the population of Seleznevo rural settlement are not satisfied with the water quality. To learn the anomalies that were noticed by local residents and the steps they are ready to make personally to improve the state of water bodies, please check the presentation.

Friends of the Baltic NGO participated at the meeting of the Committee on Ecology and Nature Management of the Legislative Assembly of the Leningrad Region and presented a proposal of including into the Law about administrative offenses of the Leningrad Region responsibility for the lack of sewage treatment plants at the individual housing sector and for the discharge of untreated waste water on the relief and natural reservoirs of the Leningrad region.
 This proposal is the result of the work of four thematic seminars on issues of nutrient pollution and wastewater treatment, which were attended by government authorities and municipalities, regulatory organizations, business, scientists, wastewater treatment specialists, farmers, community activists, active gardeners and residents of the city and region.

The proposals of Friends of the Baltic on the development of environmental solutions and development of accessible environment on  protected areas were discussed at a joint meeting of the Environmental Council under the Government of St. Petersburg and  Public Environmental Council under the Governor of  Leningrad Region.


13 июня на пресс-конференции в агентстве ИНТЕРФАКС обсуждали качество воды в реках, родниках и колодцах Санкт-Петербурга и Ленинградской области. АНЭО «Друзья Балтики» и ООО «Экоцентрум» представили результаты трехлетней работы по Баренц-Балтийской программе «Природа и человек» и проекту «Местные решения для снижения биогенной нагрузки на Балтийское море» в Санкт-Петербурге и Ленинградской области. 

 In St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region there are more than 3.5 thousand gardening communuties, in which over 2 million gardeners live in the summer season. During three summer months in gardenig toilets more than 2,300 tons of nitrogen and 300 tons of phosphorus are produced. More than 500 000 permanent residents of the Leningrad Region do not have connections to centralized wastewater treatment plants - this is another 2,275 tons of nitrogen and 275 tons of phosphorus per year. Toilet drains of diffused settlements and gardenings do not flow “from one pipe”, the scale of their impact is not always obvious. In the absence of high-quality wastewater treatment, nitrogen and phosphorus compounds enter the groundwater and surface water, contributing to the nutrient contamination of wells and springs, water bodies, water courses and eventually the Baltic Sea. Available solutions for cleaning of toilet waste in non-canalized areas were presented on the educational trip “Practical solutions for environmentally friendly ways for toilet waste cleaning in rural areas” on May 24.


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