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At the August 30 session, the Government of Armenia made a decision to increase the water release from Lake Sevan from 279.2 cu m to 319.2 cu m. The index fixed earlier was approved by the 26 April 2012 decision.
The document says that the increase of the water release is needed for uninterrupted supply of the irrigation canals, which are energized from the Sevan-Hrazdan irrigation and energy system.
To recall, on June 22 the Parliament of Armenia adopted a bill on increasing the water release from Lake Sevan. According to the official version, additional 150 mln cu m from the lake should have been spent on irrigation of the agricultural lands. In late July 2012 the Environmental Public Alliance comprising 50 NGOs made a statement, which advocated declaring the decision on increasing the water release invalid. Head of EcoLur NGO Inga Zarafyan thinks that
the specified decision aims to prevent the Sevan water level from rising to save the shoreline private house; to provide the fish farms in the Ararat Valley with free water from Lake Sevan; or to try to conceal the slow pace of cleaning of the shoreline territories.
To note, the National Statistical Service of Armenia says that on June 18-20 2012 the water level of Lake Sevan rose by 3 cm to 1900.48 m, and then dropped by 2 cm to 1900.46 m as of 30 June 2012. The quantity of water released from the lake over June made up 83.296 mln cu m.