A small river, the River Prytvarka, flows through
Boyarka town in Kyivo-Svyatoshynsky Rayon, Kyivska Oblast. On 28
April 2000, the organisation carried out a project to clear the
floodplain and river bed where it runs through a forest; 28
schoolchildren, two teachers, a representative of the local
authorities and eight local people took part in the activity. Some
citizens participated, others watched and advised. Rubbish from
Kyivo-Svyatoshynsky regional collective farm was removed; this took
two days. As a result of the activity, the rubbish dumps in the
river flood-lands were cleared, and the river bed and banks were
cleaned. However, a year later the river bed and river banks were
again full of litter.
On 20 October 2002, the organisation carried out
another action, "Clean Ukraine - Clean Earth", aimed at
clearing the river bed, banks and valley, and to give an example of
caring for aquatic areas to instil environmental consciousness; 60
people (children and adults) took part in the activity. Banks of the
rivers and ponds along the river system in the town were cleared.
The people waited all day for transport promised by local
authorities to remove the rubbish, but the transport was provided
neither on this day nor on the other days.
In March-April 2003, the organisation took part in the
town-wide Monthly Environmental Action in Boyarka. The activity
focused mainly on clearing the river bed, river banks and river
valley; nearly 80 people (children and adults) took part. It was
important to demonstrate to the locals how to take care of aquatic
areas and to instil environmental consciousness. Many citizens
participated in the action on their own initiative, not waiting for
an invitation. Due to the persistence of the environmental patrols
and local deputies, rubbish was cleared from three areas.
In June 2003, the organisation carried out a survey,
"Are Boyarka citizens ready to participate in environmental
rehabilitation of the river system of Boyarka?" in order to
elucidate who (or what) could save the river and ponds. A
questionnaire was published in an edition of "Environmental
Patrol". The answers were collected during the environmental
patrol spot-check. Fourteen volunteers surveyed 124 respondents. It
was concluded that:
90% of respondents were dissatisfied with the environmental situation around the river;
88% of respondents believed that it is better to use water areas for local recreation, since such areas make the city landscapes
local people were ready to change their practices to rehabilitate the environment of the aquatic areas:
47 % of respondents agreed with a prohibition on making rubbish dumps;
39% of respondents could stop their sewage wastewater from flowing into the river;
26% of respondents agreed to move toilets out of the river-protection
only 18% of respondents agreed to move fences to establish nature-protection
40% of respondents believed that it is possible to save the river but only through the collaboration of citizens and local authorities;
21% of respondents believed that only citizens could save the river;
38 % of respondents relied on the local authorities alone;
1% of respondents believed that it is better to lease the water
In June-September 2003, five "Environmental Patrol"
groups (48 schoolchildren and 5 teachers) carried out an examination
of the ecological status of the Prytvarka River system, aimed at
discovering the real ecological status of the river system and
finding reasons for and sources of negative impact on the river and
ponds. The "Environmental Patrol" groups covered the
territory along the river examining the nature of the river system
and impact of anthropogenic factors on it.
As a result, the following environmental problems were
found, described and marked on a map:
unprotected river banks;
absence of a protection zone near the river estuary;
presence of numerous unauthorised rubbish dumps on the river floodplain and banks of ponds;
construction of unplanned dams; this has resulted in the formation of ponds of various sizes, which has led to the destruction of the river;
destruction of forested land on the right bank of Yosypivsky pond, which resulted in the pond drying up;
mass discharge of waste water from private houses as well as untreated sewage from Kyiv Oblast T.B. Prophylactic Centre;
location of toilets of private houses in vegetable gardens or very close to the
However, positive activities also took place: people
cared for the stream in the forest, where many people take drinking
water, and decorated it in the national style.
On 28 October 2003, the organisation again carried out
the "Clean Ukraine - Clean Earth" activity
in Boyarka town.
This time the participants of the action (five riverbank dwellers
and 18 schoolchildren) cleared up the banks of Staroboyarsky,
Kyivsky and Zaliznychny ponds. The transportation of rubbish away
from the site was organised carefully. After the work was finished,
the local authorities organised a holiday for the children.
In 2003, within the framework of the "Save
your River" Small Grants Programme carried out by the Wetlands
International Black Sea Programme, the
project, "Collaboration with Local Authorities and the Local Community to Undertake the Environmental Rehabilitation of the Prytvarka River System", was supported.