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Environmental challenges of Luga region

The condition of sewage treatment plants in small towns and villages is a challenge for present and future generations. Local residents discovered a gap in the concrete lining of sludge maps of sewage treatment plants  in autumn 2018 - fenced land for drying sludge. Through the hole sewage flowed out to the side of the river Luga. We decided to check how things are going after a few months.  "Friends of the Baltic" met with residents of the Luga region and discussed their concernson December 25.

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. 

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