Press conference “Rivers, springs and wells: about problems and solutions for reducing pollution of natural waters by wastewater from cities, villages, gardening communities and agriculture” was held On June 13, in INTERFAX Inform agency. Friends of the Baltic and Ecocentrum presented the results of a three-year work on the Barents-Baltic Nature and People program and the project “Small-scale solutions to reduce nutrient load into the Baltic Sea” in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.
Seminar "Quality of natural waters in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region: how to prevent nutrient pollution to the Baltic Sea" will be held on May, 23rd in St.Petersburg. Aim: to evaluate the nutrient pollution of natural waters in St. Petersburg and Leningrad regions and its sources, to present the case studies and successful practices from Baltic Sea region countries, consider methods and role of various stakeholders for solving the problem.
Friends of the Baltic conducted a public survey to find out how residents evaluate the work of sewage treatment plants in their region. Zhivoy Ruchey, Kuznechnoye, Shcheglovo, Yukki, Toksovo, Novoe Devyatkino, Kuzemkino villages, as well as Lomonosov and Kingisepp towns have similar challenges: bad wastewater treatment. According to our results, 5 settlements do not have sewage treatment plants at all and 4 of them have broken ones. Wastewater facilities worked inefficiently in the majority of communities of Leningrad region.
On June 17, a complex event combining social and environmental projects was held at the ranch "Golden Horseshoe" in Gatchina district of the Leningrad region - the festival of equal opportunities, a seminar on sewage treatment and the opening of a new demonstration dry toilet available for people with disabilities. Seminar "Environmentally friendly ways of wastewater treatment for small settlements and gardening communities: practical experience" was organized by Ecocentrum Ltd with the support of the Coalition Clean Baltic with participation of the Friends of the Baltic NGO, the Regional Center for Youth Policy of the Leningrad Region Delami.Ru, company Biolan, Biodinamic NGO. This seminar continued the topic started at the first thematic seminar in November 2017. The first seminar was dedicated to the overall discussion of solutions for the treatment of small settlements and individual houses wastewater in the non-canalized areas of the Leningrad Region and the suburbs of St. Petersburg and ways to solve it. During the seminar on June 17, an educational and practical block was organized, which enabled participants to get practically acquainted with the main methods of wastewater treatment in rural areas.
RIVER WATCH. Manual for public environmental monitoring. — SPb.: Friends of the Baltics / Coalition Clean Baltics, 2018. — 32 p. Read: River_manual_eng.pdf
14th annual youth conference “Eco-monitoring of the small rivers and Gulf of Finland” has gathered more than 70 participants from St.Petersburg, Leningrad oblast and Finland. They exchanged information and opinions on the ecological conditions of the nature water objects, and ways to make Gulf of Finland clean and comfortable environment for all live inhabitants. Youth proposals for improvement of the Gulf of Finland environment were a subject of Youth Declaration of the Gulf of Finland Year. Its presentation had opened the conference.