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Bulletin EastRussia: in an extremely low-water period, the water level in Lake Baikal reached a minimum value
In the Baikal region, the attention of the federal authorities is still attracted by the decrease in the water level in Lake Baikal and the issues of using its resources - the water level decreased by another 1 cm. The head of the Russian government signed a decree that Lake Baikal could be used for economic and other activities even when the water level is below the prescribed level.
In an extremely low-water period, with the discharges set at Irkutsk HPP, the water level in the lake has reached its minimum value in mid-February, and by the beginning of the flood, it is expected to be even lower than this value by 12-20,
But reducing the discharge costs of the Irkutsk HPP to maintain the water level of the lake will create a threat of an emergency situation and stopping the receiving devices of water intake facilities located in the downstream of the HPP. The restoration of the water level in the lake is expected in the flood period 2015 year.
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