Prague is expanding forests, building ponds

The city also has a new plan to fight bacteria blooms in swimming areas

Prague is increasing forest lands, renovating parks and has a new plan for combat dangerous bacteria blooms in local swimming areas. This is park of an ongoing effort to make the city more pleasant for residents.

The area of public greenery in Prague has increased by 141 hectares over the last four years, which is almost half of size Kunratický les (Kunratice Forest) due to the work of City Hall’s Department of the Environmental Protection

Efforts are continuing in 2018 as well. In addition to the completion of the Les V Panenkách (Panenky Forest) project, the planting of another new green area, Les Arborka in Satalice, will begin on nearly 20 hectares of fields.

In 2017, the city spent more than Kč 150 million on parks, water management, forestry and landscape greenery. This year the amount of funds will be spent at least in the same amount.

In the framework of the long-term project to renew and revitalize Prague’s waterways, a new pond will be created in Modřanská rokle in Modřany. Another pond will be created in at the park around the summer palace Hvězda. The renovation will continue of the large pond Lítožnické rybníky in Dubeč, which will be created by the connection of the three existing ponds.

“This will create a large 12-hectare water area with a large shore, and I believe that it will soon become a sought-after destination not only for the inhabitants of the adjacent urban areas but of all the Prague inhabitants. This water area will be of considerable importance for a number of animals; many species of birds will find suitable nesting sites here,” Prague City Councilor Jana Plamínková (STAN) said on the City Hall website.

The city is also upgrading parks. Workaround the Petřín lookout tower should be completed in the summer. Around Hvězda a new playground including public toilets should also be built during this year.

The cleanliness of waterways is monitored by the city. The Environmental Protection Department is trying to reduce cyanobacteria, algae and biofilm by using new technologies that regulate oxygen. These use competing bacteria and ultrasound. The effects can be seen by within days. The process is not very obtrusive. It consists of power supply, supply cables, ultrasonic transmitter and a small float. It can also use solar panels located on the shore or directly on the float.

“We are interested in the efficiency of this device. According to the findings, we will be able to rely on it as a possible solution for blooming water areas that could otherwise be used by people during summer heat for recreation and relaxation,” Plamínková said.

Last summer, high levels of cyanobacteria led to the closure of several swimming areas. Cyanobacteria, which turns water green and used to be called blue-green algae, can cause rashes, red eyes, runny noses and difficulty breathing. It can also lead to bowel problems and headaches. Severe cases can result in liver damage.

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