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Lithuania and Russia reach agreement on joint groundwater monitoring

2010-03-08

Lithuania and Russia reach agreement on joint groundwater monitoring

During their meeting in Kaliningrad, Lithuanian and Russian experts have discussed a groundwater monitoring programme for border areas of Lithuania and the Kaliningrad Region. It was prepared by order of the Lithuanian-Russian commission for cooperation in the area of environmental protection. The programme has been signed by Jonas Satkūnas, deputy director of the Geological Survey of Lithuania under the Ministry of Environment, and Valery Panov, head of the Department of Natural Resources of the Kaliningrad Region of the Agency of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation.

The main result of this meeting was agreement on the start of joint groundwater monitoring reached after a decade of negotiation at various levels.

It is planned to be conducted in a 10–15 km strip on both sides of the state border. Lithuanian and Russian specialists will monitor changes in the quality and level of groundwater, the main source of drinking water, exchange information, and present joint conclusions on the condition of groundwater. Amounts of this water pumped at water extraction points will be monitored as well.

According to Jonas Satkūnas, maps of the territory monitored should be jointly prepared as soon as this month. The Geological Survey of Lithuania will publish information on the monitoring and its results on its website. These results will be very important for the environmental impact assessment of a nuclear power plant planned to be built in the Kaliningrad Region.

Ministry of Environment information, tel. 266 3660

08 March 2010

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas