environmentalist on the consequences of “communal lawlessness” in St. Petersburg for smelt

Head of the “Ecology” movement Georgy Kavanosyan in an interview with a Pravda.Ru correspondent, he commented on the decline in the smelt population in St. Petersburg, as well as incidents with the identification of infected fish. According to him, the situation is largely due to the deterioration of the environmental situation in the region, in particular, in the Neva and other water bodies of the city. The environmentalist stressed that one of the main negative factors is the dumping of dirty snow and ice into St. Petersburg rivers by municipal services in winter.

The interlocutor of the publication noted that the precipitation collected in the winter by public utilities on the streets of St. Petersburg, falling into the water arteries, leads to the death of not only young smelt, but also its eggs. He explained that in addition to reagents harmful to aquatic life, road dust particles are dumped into the water along with snowdrifts, which lead to the fact that the fish have nothing to breathe.

“Dirty snow primarily acts as a mechanical pollution. All this dust that goes along with the snow, all these microscopic particles that are in the air stick around the eggs and lead to their death. This can lead to asphyxia, the fish inhales all this and “can’t breathe. Caviar and juveniles are most susceptible to this. If we do not see a large number of dead fish, and the number has obviously decreased, then most likely the fish died at the stage of birth and spawning,” said a representative of the Ecology movement.

According to the expert, anti-icing agents used by municipal services of St. Petersburg can change the pH of the water, which also has a detrimental effect on the number of smelt. Georgy Kavanosyan stated that fish, beloved by many Petersburgers, is under threat due to the unfavorable environmental situation in the city’s rivers, which is negatively affected by the discharge of polluted snow, untreated sewage and other factors associated with human activity.

“Of course, the dumping of dirty snow is one of the factors. There can be many factors, sewage, untreated drains, which lead to the fact that there are more reagent elements in river water, blue-green algae grow, they absorb all the oxygen, the fish cannot breathe and multiply. The fish are dying,” the ecologist summed up.

A number of Petersburg media repeatedly paid attention the public on the problem of pollution of water resources of the “cultural capital” of Russia by public utilities. However, neither Governor Alexander Beglov nor members of his administration did anything to prevent such incidents from recurring. Against the backdrop of Smolny’s inaction, dirty sediments collected on the streets, instead of being taken to specialized landfills, where they should be disposed of, continued to be systematically dumped into rivers and canals.

The upcoming traditional smelt festival in St. Petersburg in 2022 is probably unpleasant will surprise the townspeople the high cost of popular fish due to its scarcity. In the short term, this holiday may be completely stopped if the city authorities do not stop turning a blind eye to the deplorable environmental situation that has developed in the region due to the lack of proper control.

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