ArmInfo. The expert commission of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia (NAS) on the protection of Lake Sevan gave a negative opinion on additional water releases from Lake Sevan, sending its decision the Water Committee of the Republic of Armenia. This was reported by the press service of the National Academy of Sciences.
In particular, the Commission proposed to rule out exceeding the water withdrawal standard set at 170 million cubic meters, given the drop in the water level in Sevan in recent years and the deteriorating ecological state of the lake, due to the intense "blooming" of the lake.
It is noteworthy that the bill was sent to the committee for conclusion, not before but after the RA government approved it. After that, the committee convened an extraordinary meeting with the participation of the leadership of the Water Committee of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures of the Republic of Armenia to discuss the draft law.
, the National Academy of Sciences said in a statement. According to the source, fluctuations in the level of Sevan lead to the deterioration of the ecological state of the lake. When the level drops, the bottom waters and the surface layers of the lake mix.
Organic matter that has accumulated over the years in bottom sediments creates fertile ground for the rapid development of phytoplankton. This year, "blooming " has already begun in Sevan, eutrophication is taking place in the lake. This, according to Experts, will have a negative impact on both the bioresources of the lake and the social status of coastal settlements.
It should be noted that the Expert Commission for the Protection of Lake Sevan of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia is an independent and expert body established in accordance with the RA law "On Lake Sevan". The commission carries out preliminary and final examination of complex and annual programs on Lake Sevan, as well as documents substantiating their implementation, draws up conclusions.