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Navigation on the Danube hampered by drought, tour operators ask for urgent dredging of clogged Danube Delta canals

Tour operators support the Tulcea authorities’ initiative to urgently dredge several sectors of 30 canals in the Danube Delta, which have become clogged of late, due to the low flow rate and level of the river.

“The Administration of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation needs financial resources. The feasibility studies and the projects it conducts are in vain, unless money for de-silting works is allocated on a regular basis. Many lakes had up to six meters depth and now have less than two. In the Maliuc area there are lakes where now the horses are grazing water lilies. The Delta needs a major programme of ecological restoration, and right now there is an urgent need to adopt a resolution for the de-silting of the main canals in the reserve, which provide access to important tourist areas,” the president of Danube Delta Tour Operators’ Association (APTDD) Daniel Ilusca told Agerpres.

According to Corvin Bangu, deputy prefect of Tulcea County, 30 canals in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation have low flows and water levels due to the high temperatures recorded recently, making impossible the access of small boats. The authorities will meet at the beginning of next week to evaluate the necessary money for the dredging work; funds will be solicited from the reserve fund of the Government or of the Ministry of Environment.

On Friday, the level of the Danube River in Tulcea was 60 centimeters, similar to the day before, according to the Lower Danube River Administration. For the next few days, the trend is upwards by up to 3 centimeters.

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