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Why has been changed the colour of water of Gegharot River?

22.04.2014
Within the frameworks of the “Clean Development Mechanism” (CDM) project, since 2008 is implemented construction of the SHPP cascades on the river Gegharot feeding cultivated lands of six communities of Aparan region: Ara, Vardenut, Aragats, Apna, Hartavan and Shenavan. It has already been built and operates two SHPPs. It is planned to build the third one.
According to the community leaders and residents of the region, due to the operating two HPPs has been changed the river’s water quality and is not suitable for irrigation, or for animals.
There is no any visible change of river water and river

bed is observed at the upper side of the SHPPs, whereas at the bottom, as insisted the villagers, as a result of the SHPPs operation has been changed the colour of the river water and they have to irrigate the lands with “rusty” water.Let us note that the problem is not a new one, the issue was repeatedly raised and since 2012 it is in the spotlight both the environmentalists and the media. (See the attached video of the CIVILNET).

Let us remind that this year in February the Economic and Environmental Officers at the OSCE Office in Yerevan, the MPs of the National Assembly and the coordinator of Aparan Aarhus Centre had visited Aragats community to meet with the heads of the above mentioned villages and to discuss the HPPs related issues, and in March, at a meeting on the another HPP in the Ministry of Territorial Administration, the issue was presented to the deputy minister A. Bakhshyan by the coordinator of Aparan Aarhus Centre.

Today, the news on the construction of the third SHPP has again raised a wave of anxiety among farmers who believe that every year Gegharot river quality is deteriorating and becoming a reason for environmental and social problems. For making sure watch the video on the www.a1plus.am website. It is known that the main sources of income for the residents of these regions are the agriculture and animal husbandry.

As a result of the HPPs adverse effects the communities will face a vital problem: will be deprived of opportunity to irrigate lands with the waters of Gegharot River. In response to the issue raised in the video of the”A-1 +” in the Ministry of Nature Protection is opened a hotline, as informed “A1 +”.

Natalya Manukyan
Coordinator of Aparan Aarhus Centre
Tell: /374 252/ 6 23 60, /374 94/ 22 49 26
E-mail: info_aparan@aarhus.am, aarhusaparan@mail.ru
Translated by Anush Beybutyan