ArmInfo. Taking into account the catastrophic ecological state in the Yeghegis river gorge and the critical low water level in the river, an interdepartmental working group will be created in a short time on the instructions of RA Minister of Environment Romanos Petrosyan, which will deal with the problems of 17 small hydroelectric power plants located on the Yeghegis river. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry.
The work will be carried out in the direction of identifying inconsistencies existing in the indicated HPPs, revising the established quotas for water use and clarifying the actual volume of water intake. Based on the information collected, together with the Inspectorate for the Protection of Nature and Subsoil, a series of checks will be carried out to record all congested areas. Through appropriate legislative instruments, strict control mechanisms will be established to restore the damaged ecosystem of the river in the short term and bring economic entities into an exclusively legal field of activity. Particular attention will be paid to the restrictions on eco-waste from these small hydropower plants. The Minister gave a clear instruction to ensure a guaranteed volume of ecological flow, and to present a legislative draft regulating the above- mentioned area in a short time. A mandatory component of the study by the working group will also be the problem of efficiency and compliance with the standards of fish farmers of small hydropower plants.
The interdepartmental working group will involve representatives of the professional departments of the Ministry of the Environment, the Inspectorate for the Protection of Nature and Subsoil, as well as local government bodies.
Particular attention will be paid to the process of correcting the existing omissions in the legislative field coordinating the sector, finalizing the legislative regulations necessary for regulation and developing new bills.
"Small hydroelectric power plants are an important link in the energy independence and security of the Republic of Armenia, but their activities should not harm the environment, undermining ecosystems and threatening the safety of biodiversity," the statement said.