Central Event of the Russian Part of the Campaign: Meeting at St.Petersburg Legislative Assembly and Round Table at Vodokanal.

Meeting near St.-Petersburg Legislative AssemblyMeeting near St.-Petersburg Legislative AssemblyAuthor: Junna Maltseva.

July 4th participants of the campaign cycled through St. Petersburg and had a meeting with the City Planning Commission deputy Irina Komolova and representatives of the Legislative Assembly Commission on ecology of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region near the Mariinsky Palace (St.Petersburg Legislative Assembly). We handed them the petition of RACE FOR THE BALTIC campaign and shared our views on actions that are necessary for sustainable development of the coastal area of the Gulf of Finland in order to reduce the industrial load on the Baltic Sea and preserve natural conditions to support biodiversity.

Necessary measures that should be taken to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus load include limited usage of fertilizers, recycling of organic waste from livestock farms, wastewater treatment for all settlements and individual houses. So far, in Leningrad region and St. Petersburg there are still small towns, villages and other settlements, wastewater from which fall directly into streams of Gulf of Finland or the Gulf itself. Wastewater from Lomonosov, city with a population of more than 40,000 people, fall directly into the Gulf, and the city has no solutions for the construction of wastewater treatment plants. In small settlements with the status of horticultural community there is no centralized wastewater treatment and nobody calls for it, although individual solutions often violate every conceivable health safety regulations.

Round table in VodokanalTo discuss this issue a round table "Ecological Approaches to the wastewater treatment for small communities and individual houses" was held on July 4th by “Friends of the Baltic” NGO within the framework of the international bicycle campaign. The round table was supported by Vodokanal of St. Petersburg, international Coalition Clean Baltic and the environmental committee of Russian Geographical Society. Among the speakers at the round table there was general director of "Ecology and Business" Leonid Korovin, deputy director of Engineering and Innovation Centre of "Vodokanal of St. Petersburg" Olga Rublevskaya, executive secretary of the CCB Gunnar Noren and the head of "Friends of the Baltic" NGO Olga Senova. Participants of the round table - representatives of horticultural communities, municipalities, experts from NGOs - have decided to continue working together with the Legislative Assembly Commission on ecology to work out proposals to reduce sewage from houses and gardening.

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