On March 14, the world celebrated International Day of Action for Rivers: the day was earlier known as International Day against Dams, for Rivers, Water, and Life. Only one-third of the world's 177 major rivers have no dams or other structures. In Armenia too, river banks are closed by dams, including hydropower plants. Expert Group of EcoLur Informational NGO monitored 125 SHPPs, raised environmental and social issues due to their operation, submitted proposals for legislative reforms to the Armenian Government.
One of the problems of rivers in Armenia is also pollution. The rivers are polluted with sewage, solid household waste, industrial wastewater.
According to the Environmental Monitoring and Information Center SNCO data for the 4th quarter of 2019, the fifth-class - highest pollution level in Armenia have the following rivers: Kartchevan, Voghji, Achanan, Debed, Akhtala, Shnogh, Vararak, Qasakh, Metsamor, Gegharot, Hrazdan, Getar, Marmarik, Tandzaghbyur, Vorotan, Metsamor, Gegharot, Pambak, Tashir, Akhuryan, Karkachun, Tandzaghbyur rivers.
According to the 3rd National Communication on Climate Change in Armenia, river flow will decrease by 11.9% by 2030, by 24% by 2070, and by 37.8% by 2100.
20:21 March 16, 2020