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Groundwater monitoring on Lithuanian-Latvian border launched


At the end of last year, the first meeting of the managers and specialists from the Lithuanian Geological Survey and the Latvian State Agency ‘Latvian Environmental, Geological and Meteorological Centre’ took place. The meeting discussed the plans of border groundwater monitoring and exchanged experience in border monitoring carried out with other countries.

This past May a discussion was held in Riga on a border groundwater monitoring programme, and agreement was signed under which the Lithuanian and Latvian specialists will monitor the quality and level changes of groundwater as the major source of drinking water, exchange information and present joint conclusions on the status of groundwater. Monitoring of the karst region will also be implemented, which is relevant for the Latvian territory as well. The first groundwater samples on the Lithuanian-Latvian border were taken already in July.

Successful monitoring of groundwater on the Lithuanian-Polish border has been conducted since 1994, involving joint fieldwork, exchange of samples and control laboratory tests of the common chemical composition and microelements in groundwater. Sporadic cooperation has been maintained with specialists from Kaliningrad and Belarus as well.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas