Among the cleanest waterways
Naroch Lakes among top three cleanest waterways in Belarus
The Zapadnaya Dvina River and the River Nieman are ranked in first and second place, with Lake Myadel (in the Minsk Region) in fourth place. The top 10 also includes the Braslav Lakes, lakes Richi, Obsterno and Senno (Vitebsk Region), Svityaz (Grodno Region), and Svir (the Myadel District of the Minsk Region).
The River Svisloch remains at the top of the list as the most polluted, notes the Deputy Head of the Republican Centre for Hydrometeorology, Control of Radioactive Pollution and Environmental Monitoring, Alexander Stankevich. He tells us, “Places with greater population and industrial production always have less pure waterways. Despite each region having treatment facilities, it’s difficult and expensive to fully clean rivers and lakes.”
By Olga Dovlatova