Thursday, 5 November 2015

The Rawa river in the centre of Katowice

5th N November 2015

There is a small river in the middle of Katowice. It is a charming river but is the past it was very polluted. Nowadays the situation is better and some species of fish live here.


There a re a lot of pigeons in the tree I believe they are looking for food.

19 comments:

  1. It is good to see the river recovering!

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  2. It is a small river. A creek.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  3. Gosia
    That is the smallest river I have ever seen - it looks more like a
    small canal or a drain!
    Certainly is not like the mighty and most important Vistula River.
    Pigeons are always looking for food - ha ha. They never seem to stop
    eating or searching for food.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. The river is notorious for being heavily polluted. Reported to be crystal clear in 1875, the industrialization of Silesia caused the river to become so polluted that all the fish died out by 1893. The continued growth of industry and cities throughout the 20th century, combined with little effort towards preserving the environment, continued to degrade the quality of the water in the river. In 1992, the river, leaving Katowice, was claimed to contain only 14% water,[3] and a popular joke among the local citizens was to warn each other 'not to throw a lit match into the river'. Currently the upper part of the river is officially classified as sewage and the plan is to direct the entire river flow through a treatment plant.[4] In the 1990s plans to improve water quality and restore the ecology of the river were begun. So far new sewage treatment plants have been completed, and the plan is supposed to significantly improve the river's quality by 2010.

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    2. The primary reason for the regulation of the Rava's flow was the need to prevent flooding as mining continued to lower the level of local lands. The first plans for controlling the flow date to 1863. Plans to regulate the entire length of the Rawa were ready in 1903. The start of the First World War interrupted Prussian government implementation. After the war, the German plans were continued by the government of the Second Polish Republic in the late 1920s, with the construction of a sewage treatment plant (no longer existing). The work was completed in 1938, but the correct flow conditions did not last because of the continued lowering of the land. The second regulation of the river was conducted between 1975 and 1993.

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  4. Rawa doesn't sound like a very Polish name.

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    1. Andrew I think it is a German name.

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  5. It's pleasing to know that the 'river' has been cleaned up and fish can now live in it.
    It's what we here in Tasmania would call a 'creek'.

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  6. Margaret The Rawa has lost most of its natural river character, and is now mostly a sewage channel flowing underground. Works have begun in order to restore it back to an ecologically sound water flo

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  7. So pleased when cities take the effort to clean up their natural resources. The San Antonio River runs along a tourist area, and one can take a slow moving boat ride. The river attracts many tourists.

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    1. Linda it is very important actions for healthy environment

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  8. Good the river is being cleaned up. Have a lovely weekend.

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  9. Looks like a quaint little town.

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    1. My dear friend it is a biggest conurbation in Europe

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