The Sad Tale of the Lake Russkoye

Vyatkakeepers’ priority for 2014 was to focus on industrial and sewage pollution and development of the volunteer network hoping to leave the tidying-up of river banks to district administrations. No such luck! Complains kept coming in from the citizens and supporters, so we continued to go to places, take pictures, report cases to authorities, and take action in general.

One story is worth telling. The Khlynovka Riverkeeper Dmitry Derunov went to explore the Lake Russkoye, together with the banks of the Mokhovitsa and Khlynovka. He found the lakeshore littered with trash left by holiday makers and construction workers. Large amounts of glass shards were observed. The good part is that no fishnets were found.

It is unthinkable how this lake that is home to, among other things, endangered plant species, has become no more than a barbecue destination for so many people. It is not easy for an organization already stretched very thin to deal with everything, but the lake Russkoye remains on our radar still. Raising awareness in the years to come should be the priority because most problems are easier to prevent than to deal with.  Surely, making people mindful of the value of natural objects around them is key to alleviating the suffering of small bodies of water found in dangerous proximity to the city of Kirov.

Vyatskiy nabludatel, 06.05.2014

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