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The condition of Lake Peipsi
Tuesday, January 27, 2004

The condition of Lake Peipsi

27 January 2004

According to the estimation by Estonian scientists, the summertime blooming of blue-green algae on Lake Peipsi has become an extremely worrying problem during recent years, endangering both the health of people as well as the fish resources of the lake. “The ratio of nitrogen and phosphorus concentration, measured in the lake-water in recent years, is also causing anxiety, as it has decreased, thus indicating eutrophication (overgrowing - ed.)”, said Karin Pachel, the head of the Estonian monitoring task force. The enhancement of the condition of water in Lake Peipsi is a clear obligation for Estonia as a member state of the EU, and is not solely targeted towards the fulfilment of environmental goals but for the promotion of development in the entire Lake Peipsi region, said Pachel. Lake Peipsi is the fourth largest lake in Europe and, as of May 1st, the largest transboundary water body in the European Union. Researchers from Estonia and Russia have different standpoints regarding the status of Lake Peipsi - the Russian side considers the situation to be good, but Estonia, on the other hand, alarming. On Thursday, 22 January, during the meeting of the water specialists from Estonia and Russia, total agreement was not reached. The researchers admitted that the environmental status in different parts of the lake is very varied. The condition of Lake Peipsi was assessed to be satisfactory, the assessment regarding Lake Lämmijärv and Lake Pskov was written as satisfactory/poor.

Based on news published in the newspaper Postimees and TV station Kanal 2.


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