Son-Kul field mission, August 2018

From August 5 till August 8, 2018,  the field mission to Son-Kul Lake took place under the Project’s support. The mission included sampling for following Laboratorial analyses, and cleaning of lake bottom from old fishing nets, as well as clean-up of lake’s coastal line from the garbage.  

The participants of mission were represented by the staff of the State Natural Reserve ” Karatal-Japyryk” (SAEPF), Naryn and Issyk-Kul territorial Administrations of SAEPF, the State Inspectorate for Environmental and Technical Security, experts form the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), and divers from Public Fund and Voluntary Movement “Clean Issyk-Kul”.

Divers were involved into the process of lake’s bottom cleaning and removal of old fishing nets. All garbage, removed from the lake bottom were delivered to the shoreline with assistance of motor boats (provided to Public Fund and State Nature Reserve in the form of ICI  Projects’ technical assistance) and then deposited on Kara-Jailoo landfill site of Naryn city.

Water samples for physical and chemical analyses have been taken on 6 sampling points of the sites Tepshi, Tash-Dobo and Son-Kul river. Studies included measurements of рН, dissolved oxygen, electrical conductivity, content of suspended solids, nitrogen group, sulphate and chloride. Also bottom sediments samples and water samples from the ‘nets removal’ sites have been taken. These samples will be analyzed in terms of POPs content in October 2018 in SAEPF’s Lab in Cholpon-Ata under expert support of Lab experts from SYKE.

Further all results obtained will be used for preparation of general report on Environmental Status of Son-Kul Lake. The report should be developed and submitted to SAEPF by the end of 2018.

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