YEREVAN, July 19. /ARKA/. Armenian Vice-premier Mher Grigoryan said Thursday ahead of a regular Cabinet meeting that Armenia will receive a €5-million grant from European partners for cleaning Lake Sevan.
The lake started blooming in the beginning of July – some accumulation of cyanobacter and blue-green algae is seen in some parts of the lake, which makes Sevan green.
Some varieties of the alga produce toxins affecting animals and human health.
In this connection, the health ministry urged citizens to refrain from swimming in such segments of the lake.
The financial means to be provided as grant are planned to be spent on deployment of depuration facilities in the towns of Martuni, Gavar and Vardenis.
Sevan is one of the largest mountainous lakes in Europe and Asia. It sits in the middle of Armenian Highland at an altitude of 1914 meters above sea level.
Its basin’s total surface area is about 5,000 km2, which makes up 1⁄6 of Armenia’s territory. The lake itself is 1,242 km2. It is fed by 28 rivers and streams. Sevan has significant economic, cultural, and recreational value. Its only island (now a peninsula) is home to a medieval monastery.
The 48.3 km-long Arpa-Sevan tunnel is supplying lake with waters of Arpa and Yeghegis rivers.
Lake Sevan is the largest body of water in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is also one of the largest fresh water high-altitude lakes in Eurasia.