Environmentalists say Russia and China to improve water quality in the Amur

Ecology of Russia and China, who are monitoring the conditions of transboundary rivers and lakes, noted an improvement in 2012, the water quality in the Amur River, reported Wednesday on the website of the regional government.

It is clarified that the Russian and Chinese sides discussed in Khabarovsk results of joint observations this year for water quality management of transboundary water bodies, namely the rivers Amur, Argun, Ussuri, and Razdolnaya Khanka. Additional study of water quality and sediment was conducted at the border area of the transboundary river muddy. Discussion took place during a meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee and Working Group of Experts on the implementation of the Sino-Russian joint transboundary water quality monitoring sites.

"According to a joint monitoring based on laboratory tests, ecological state of the Amur in 2012 has improved. This trend is marked on all transboundary water bodies, with the exception of the Argun River, the waters of which found a large amount of iron, manganese, copper, zinc, oil, mercury . Sources visiting Argun high concentrations of contaminants require further study, "- according to the website.

It is noted that Russia and China share joint transboundary water quality monitoring for seven years, according to the plan, signed in May 2006 in Beijing. Based on the results of the annual monitoring, the Russian and Chinese parties shall take the necessary measures to improve the environmental situation in the neighboring water bodies.

The main part of measures aimed at improving the quality of water is running today in China, whose industries are a major contaminant of transboundary rivers.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Khabarovsk Territory, in 2006, China has added more than 220 different types of wastewater treatment facilities, worth about 1.9 billion U.S. dollars. Khabarovsk Krai, in turn, received the federal program for the Far East and Trans-Baikal 1 billion rubles for the second phase of treatment plant in Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

It is also reported that in the Khabarovsk region a number of strategic documents aimed at improving the environment of the region, including the development of environmental security scheme for the period up to 2020. Constant control of the environment. Established regional center for environmental monitoring, which allows for a new level of quality to carry out studies of water, sediment and fish.

Increased attention to the ecological status of the river has been given after the accident at a chemical plant in the Chinese city of Jilin November 13, 2005, because of which the Songhua River (a tributary of the Amur) has got more than 100 tons of benzene compounds, which are then turned into the Amur.

Then the scientists also said the systematic pollution of the Amur, which reflects the fish — it was a strong odor of phenol, it contained toxic chemicals — phthalates, naphthalene, and pesticides. In recent years, environmentalists point improvement in the river.

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