Greenpeace examined the Moskva River

Feature story - 27 June, 2013
Last week, Greenpeace Water Patrol was working on the rivers of Moscow. During 5 days Greenpeace boats with experts on board sailed down the Moskva River and Yauza River and examined wastewaters discharged by enterprises. The results of analysis will be available to everyone on the Greenpeace website in mid-July.

Within the work on the rivers of Moscow Greenpeace collected water samples and examined the embankments in order to detect discharges. To solve the problem of water pollution, Greenpeace conducts its own surveys of the quality of river water and industrial wastewaters, and presents this information to the citizens. To get independent and objective data, approximately 50 kilometers of the bank were inspected and samples from 10 discharges were collected, including Lyuberetskaya and Kuryanovskaya aeration stations – as well as near thermal power plants and the Moskovskiy Oil Refinery.

Water samples will be analyzed in specialized laboratories. Experts will examine wastewaters for the content of compounds which are the most toxic and dangerous to human and environment - phthalates, phenols, halogenated organic compounds, heavy metals. The results will be released in mid-July. In case of violations, relevant statements will be addressed to The Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources and the Prosecutor's Office, while Greenpeace will seek to cease the discharge of hazardous substances.

"Compared to the Neva River, where we worked in the previous years, Moskva river seems to be clean enough, and we fixed less discharges here. But we will be able to assess the level of pollution only when get laboratory results,"- says Dmitry Artamonov, head of the Toxics campaign.

It is significant that right after the patrol Greenpeace received a letter from the Moscow Environmental Prosecutor with a request to provide the results of the patrol. "This gives us a hope that Moscow Prosecutor's Office will undertake real action to prevent discharges, if violations are revealed. Unfortunately, in Saint Petersburg the Environmental Prosecutor's Office did not take sufficient measures upon the facts of river pollution detected by Greenpeace, "- Artamonov notes.

Greenpeace have been working to solve the problem of river pollution caused by industrial discharges for 6 years already. Previously, the main work was focused in St. Petersburg, and in the future Greenpeace is planning to investigate the pollution of other major Russian rivers - Volga, Ob, Yenisei, Angara, Amur, Lena.