The final LIFE project  results will soon be visible

At the end of April this year, the main hydrotechnical works on the Borki reservoir and the colmatation ponds carried out by the LIFE project are to be finalised. In May this year, the reservoir will be filled with water and then tests will be carried out to verify the correct functioning of the used solutions. On holiday, residents of Radom will already be able to use the reservoir recreationally and to take advantage of the accompanying walking-bicycle infrastructure and new piers, made outside the LIFE project. Thanks to such a comprehensive approach, a multifunctional facility will be created to serve the inhabitants of the city.

The LIFE project modernization of the reservoir in Borki has started

On September 1, 2020, Zakład Usług Wodno-Melioracyjnych i Rekultywacji from Sandomierz - the contractor of adaptation works on the Borki reservoir and purification ponds entered the construction site. The implementation of the investment will last until February 28, 2021. The scope of the works covers, among others: reconstruction of the purification ponds, renovation of the main weir, desludging of the river bed and cleaning of the reservoir bottom. Floating islands with vegetation and three fountains powered by energy from photovoltaic panels and a small wind farm are also supposed to be built on the place. Experts have also proposed a number of other solutions to improve water quality, including, for example, the installation of a water oxygenation system to prevent algae bloom. Works related to the modernization of the reservoir in Borki amount to 5 million 880 thousand. zlotys.

Referring to information and opinions on the implementation of the LIFE project, which appeared in the article on the Cozadzien portal of June 15, 2020 entitled "Instead of" LIFE "is" UNLIFE "?" and an interview of Mr. Jarosław Staniszewski from Green Action in Radom on Radio Rekord on June 15, 2020 entitled "This is not what LIFE is all about!", we would like to indicate that the article and interview contained offensive and false statements about the LIFE project implemented in the city.

The area along the Mleczna River is open to the public, and the adjacent area not only belongs to the Municipality of Radom, but also to private individuals and other entities located in this area. As part of the LIFE project, ongoing work on the meandering of the Mleczna River includes a fragment of the river at the height of existing boulevards. Allegations contained in the abovementioned media are unfounded, not supported by any evidence in the field of "deliberate" and "intentional" poisoning of the beaver, because the investment works for the task of renaturization of the Mleczna River have not yet been started by the contractor, and on May 11, 2020 the contractor was allowed to enter the construction site for performing maintenance works on the riverbed on the non-investment section.

The contractor did not cut down trees or demolish the beaver dam at the beginning of May 2020. All investment works regarding the restoration of the Mleczna River at the height of the existing boulevards will begin after obtaining a positive decision of the Provincial Mazowiecki Historic Preservation Officer for cutting trees in the zone of the Stary Radom Cultural Park.

We addressed letters: to Green Action in Radom and the media, which published and broadcasted the false content described above, denying these entries and containing a request to correct the allegations and to apologize the project and its employees. The publication of false information and the formulation of incorrect assessments based on it influence on the good name of the project, its partners and its donors, i.e. the European Commission and the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.