Riverbanks near the HED on Daugava River are facing deterioration – meters of land are going under water because of precipitation, wind and water level changing. Latvenergo allocates 850 000 LVL every year to save the situation, but it is not enough.
In the past, the state company – Vides projekti – looked after the riverbanks, but because of financial problems in the second quarter of 2012 not actions were taken. Already, in the beginning of the year, Latvenergo noticed that the 700 000 LVL that were allocated to Vides projeckti disappeared without a trace. The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development conducted an internal audit and concluded that there really have been violations. Currently, Vides projekti faces insolvency; therefore, the Latvian centre for environment, geology and meteorology will be responsible for the reinforcement of the riverbanks. However, neither the meteorology centre nor the Ministry’s Commission on Environmental Protection can say what measures are planned and how these measures will be executed, Neatkarīgā Rīta Avīze reports.
Deputy Chief of the Latvian centre for environment, geology and meteorology Inita Stikute said that she is only informed about the fact these works will be entrusted to the centre. «When we receive all the required documentation, we will start developing a plan of actions. I am certain we can handle this. We only need to organize the works – we will not be assessing and digging everything ourselves,»- she said.
Until now, the Chairman of the Duma of Keguma region Roberts Ozols was part of the Commission. He confirmed that the Commission gathered a few times before the bankruptcy of Vides projekti. «Several projects have been realized – in Aizkraukle, Lielvarde, Koknese and other places. When choosing which place to reinforce, we try to assess how that place is significant in terms of finances, environment and society. We also estimate the rates of deterioration,»- Ozols explained, underlining that there is only enough funding to prevent further damage. Works on reinforcing the riverbanks require large amounts of money and they do not prevent the threat, but only temporarily slow down deterioration. Some local governments and residents, who live close to Daugava River, are trying to resolve the situation on their own, by dumping construction waste into the river. The local government of Kegums also plans on reinforcing the riverbanks this year. «Old materials have served their time. This is why we were planning on reinforcing the riverbanks with dismantled concrete plates from the Lialvarde airfield. However, this plan will most likely be postponed due to financial difficulties,»- the Mayor admitted.