#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Public figures of Norilsk now have an underwater drone and a device for monitoring atmospheric air. High-tech equipment was handed over by the first deputy chairman of the Central Council of the All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation Elmurod Rasulmuhametov during his working visit to Norilsk.
The trip took place within the framework of the All-Russian campaigns Clean Arctic and Save the Forest. The underwater drone will help to study the state of the Norilskaya river bottom and the lakes of the Norilo-Pyasinskaya water system. First of all, they plan to survey the resting places to fix the underwater dumps. The data obtained will be used to carry out environmental clean-ups of the rivers and lakes’s bottoms. Such cleanings are held every summer by various public organizations.
The day before, a master class on the use of an underwater drone was held in the water area of the Norilskaya river.
“We have already successfully used this device many times in different regions of the country. The data obtained from it can be transformed by interested parties into a kind of a map of underwater dumps, in order to clean up the channels of rivers and lakes. In addition, you can monitor the state of water bodies as a whole – if there are any industrial leaks, threats to aquatic biological resources, and so on”, Elmurod Rasulmuhametov said.
Also, the public figures were given a device that records air pollution.
It is a gas analyzer for a wide range of applications. It can be used both in production and in domestic conditions. In cooperation with various public organizations and volunteer movements, it will be used not only for monitoring atmospheric air, but primarily for a comprehensive analysis of the current situation and identifying pain points. This will allow to conduct a constructive dialogue with all interested parties in our common cause – improving the ecology of Norilsk.
Another item on Elmurod Rasulmuhametov’s working agenda was the planting of bushes with members of the local Public Chamber and youth.
Greening the area next to one of the schools has become the northernmost point of the Save the Forest project, which aims to restore green spaces. Over three years, more than 80 million trees and shrubs have been planted throughout the country as part of the campaign.
Text: Tatiana Ermolaeva