Additional NIS 8m. allocated for stream rehabilitation

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December 19, 2012 15:04
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The Environmental Protection Ministry will invest an additional NIS 8 million toward rehabilitating polluted rivers and streams throughout the country, the office announced on Wednesday morning.

This latest budget will supplement already existing ministry investments in this area, which amount to a total of NIS 170m. and have allowed for the rehabilitation of heavily polluted waterways such as the Alexander River, the Yarkon River, the Taninim Stream, the Shikma Stream, the Tabor Stream and others.

In addition to this NIS 170m. dedicated to various rivers and streams throughout the country, approximately NIS 220m. has gone into the ongoing rehabilitation of the Kishon River, while another NIS 300m. has gone into that of the Beersheba River and the transformation of its environs into a metropolitan park, according to the ministry.

"Along with the restoration work carried out already in the Kishon and the Yarkon, we have expanded the river rehabilitation to streams in the periphery and are cleaning up rivers that have been contaminated for decades, returning them to the public as recreation and leisure hubs for the whole family," said Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan.

The rehabilitation projects, which should attract domestic tourism and catalyze further economic initiatives, should be completed within three years, according to the ministry.

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