Cleaning up the Dnipro river


This story is about the Dnipro river, that runs throughout most of Ukraine and is considered to be one of the most valuable natural sights in the country. However, very often it suffers from garbage and pollution. UATV found a group of volunteers which have started cleaning up the river.

The water temperature is a little higher than 0 degrees Celcius. 20 fisherman make the dive. Today their prey is not fish but garbage, which lies submerged 5 meters below the water’s surface. The divers are part of the Federation of Underwater Hunting, a group dedicated to eradicating garbage and cleaning up the Dnipro River in Ukraine. They’re located in Zaporizhzhia, a city in southeastern Ukraine.

“Weird hoses, fiberglass, plastic bags, disposable plastic dishes. Everything that gets thrown out from cafes,” says Dmytro, underwater hunter.

The Federation is trying to raise awareness of the garbage issue. The water from the littered Dnipro rivers runs straight to the Kyiv city plumbing system. The tradition of biannual cleaning began 10 years ago when volunteers started cleaning the river.

“We want to make the city, the recreational places cleaner so that our children could come here to have some fun… So much trash! And how much more we are going to get out of the water, in spite of what we had cleaned the previous year. And the new places… The city is all covered in garbage,” adds Oleksandr, underwater hunter.

Each underwater “garbage hunt” yields not less than half a ton of trash.

“You read newspapers, which say that the water gets better, the fish multiplies, the factories dump less waste into the river, but we, underwater hunters, clearly see that the Dnipro river is on the brink of an ecological disaster, this is how big the pressure on the river is. So, guys, let’s live in harmony… with nature,” says Hennadiy Ushakov, Vice President of Underwater Hunting in Zaporizhzhia Region.

The next underwater cleaning session will be held next spring. Also, in an effort to restore the river ecosystem, volunteers will transport more fish into the Dnipro.

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  1. Avatar Screwdriver says:

    Obviously that garbage flown from the north – another proof of Russian aggression!

    1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

      What a brain- Screwie admits the truth for the very first time!!!! Where else could the rubbish have come from????
      That admission probably just cost you your troll’s pay- one litre of rotgut samogon per 12-hour troll shift- for a fortnight, Screwie. Consider yourself lucky if you don’t suffer the fate of your (former) fellow troll Sir-Gay Tokarev, who publicly contradicted another troll who was spouting the usual pro-Kremlin drivel. Sir-Gay hasn’t been seen trolling since.

      What will the missus say when you arrive home and demands her fair share, and you have to tell her “There’s no samogon for a fortnight, darling, because I stuffed up.”????

      1. Avatar Screwdriver says:

        Nothing about Dagestan and dwarf today ?

  2. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

    Yet another difference between Ukrainians and their (former) oppressors. I don’t see the citizens of Moscow or St. Petersburg making similar efforts to clean up the Neva or Moskva- they simply don’t care about the environment, or they believe the Kremlin’s lie “We have no environmental problems.”