Buryat Hydropower Station Can Destroy Baikal

10.06.2015

The amount of water flowing into Lake Baikal, can greatly be reduced if the plan construction of hydropower stations on the river Selenga in Mongolia is implemented. Selenga is the main source of water for the world's largest freshwater reservoir, the river brings it about half of its water flow. It is planned to take away pretty much from the river, and the consequences can be very unpredictable - especially taking into consideration that now Baikal is experiencing a long period of water shortage.

Buryat Hydropower Station Can Destroy Baikal

When last year the inflow of Selenga decreased, the water level in the lake has also sharply decreased. There was less fish and the wells in the villages along the banks have dried up. The Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatia were alert. After a rainy spring and early summer the water level has recovered to the minimum value. However, the situation can repeat next spring and if water will be continuously taken from Selenga by the hydroelectric power station, the consequences can be catastrophic.