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A pilot project underway in Kėdainiai district, seeking to mitigate the pollution of aquatic environment from agricultural sources

2015-08-28

Next week, specific works on a pilot project for mitigation of scattered pollution of aquatic environment from agricultural sources are expected to start in Kėdainiai district. Some representatives of public authorities in the field on environment and agriculture, municipal authorities and local community were introduced to these works the day before yesterday and right on the spot.

Here, in the land owned by farmers, installation of wetlands, setting ponds, and sewage processing systems should be installed. This kind of system allows farmers to save approx. 10% of fertilisers compared to the quantity regularly required for the same area. Consequently, fewer fertilisers will reach the rivers, transported by rainwater. According to scientists, both wetlands and setting ponds present another efficient tool cutting water pollution from agricultural sources. This fact is reflected in the experience of both Scandinavian and certain other long-standing Member States of the EU.

Another wetland, three ponds, and ten sewage processing wells are expected to be installed in Kėdainiai district by April 2016. As soon as the pilot project is complete and its outcome is assessed, practical guidelines for other regions in the country will follow.

The project is co-funded by the national budget, European Economic Area and the Norwegian mechanisms of financial aid.

Public Information Division
28/08/2015


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