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Director of the Institute of Water Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences: the situation at Lake Baikal is the result of natural processes

This Thursday, February 29, a press conference "Lowering the level of Lake Baikal: causes and consequences" was held. Representatives of science and executive authorities described the situation in the Angara-Baikal basin and denied unfounded rumors about the shallowing of the lake.

With an average long-term value of annual flow rates 61 km3, in 2014 the volume of inflow was 41,8 km3, which resulted in a deficit of 19 km3 of water. If earlier the useful volume of water resources was 31,5 km3, then with the deficit of 2014 year, the residents of the Baikal basin had about 11 km3 left. Due to this useful resource, the infrastructure, housing and communal services, industrial facilities of the city of Angarsk, Irkutsk and other settlements of this hydroelectric complex were provided. To date, the remainder of the useful stock is not enough for further provision, so it was decided to use the additional resources of the lake until spring, with subsequent compensation.

Participants of the press conference stress that the situation is not exclusive. Similar indicators were noted before: from 1962 year the water level in Lake Baikal fell below the Pacific mark 11 times. Director of the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia Roman Vilfand noted that the situation is not critical: "There is a natural decrease in the influx. The current period can be called shallow water. There are natural cycles that are difficult to combat ".

"Rosvodresursy, and EMERCOM of Russia in these difficult conditions behave absolutely competently, absolutely adequate", - explained the director of the Institute of Water Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences Viktor Danilov-Danelian. According to him, talks about the shallowing of Lake Baikal have no rational basis. From a scientific point of view, the situation in the Baikal basin is the result of natural processes.

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