[Nutrient Reduction/Best Management Practice] Hungary - Sződrákos Creek Program – Phase 2
The Tavirózsa Association, an NGO, implemented a wetlands rehabilitation demonstration project to reduce the nutrient pollution of lakes from a poorly managed sewage system. The project focused on the 132 square kilometre catchment of Sződrákos Creek northeast of the Budapest agglomeration. The creekruns north through Veresegyház and three lakes, including Malomlake, which was given national protection status in 1985. The water eventually drains into the Danube River above Budapest. Veresegyház, a bedroom community of 15,600 lying 30minutes from Budapest, is one of the fastest growing towns in Hungary, attracting some 500 new residents per year to a new suburb 30 minutes from Budapest. It also draws plenty of visitors with attractions such as ﬁshing lakes and wetlands, a beach, a nature trail, an all-year thermal bath and a bear sanctuary. The main ecological concern in the catchment area was the introduction of foreign grass carp to the lakes, which destroyed natural aquatic and marsh vegetation that used to help absorb nutrient pollution.
20 May 2019