Environmentalists oppose the construction of hydropower plants on the Dniester
Ukrainian environmentalists are alarming, calling for the rescue of the Dniester: about 50 organizations oppose the construction of new hydropower plants on the river, warning that it threatens its death.
The European Commission has been widely urged by Ukrainian environmental organizations to protect the Dniester River from massive construction by hydroelectric power plants. After the government of Ukraine announced its intention to build 6 new hydropower plants on the river by 2026, environmentalists said it could kill the water body. The reasons for these findings are the strong shallowing of the river in recent years and the enormous thermal pollution caused by the operation of the power plant.
According to ecologists, the location of hydroelectric power plants on the Dniester contributes to the depletion of the flora and fauna of the river, and the water level in the reservoir will eventually become catastrophically low. Moreover, such actions can significantly reduce the water level in Moldova.
The Ministry of Environment claims that they do not support the idea of creating new hydropower plants on the Dniester and try to take appropriate measures. Valeriy Muntyanu, who heads the ministry in charge, assures that his office plans to continue dialogue with the government on the subject.