Kishon River 311.
(photo credit: Alon Ben Meir)
The Environmental Protection Ministry will invest an additional NIS 8 million in
rehabilitating polluted rivers and streams throughout the country, the ministry
announced on Wednesday morning.
The latest allocation 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 and the Tabor Stream, among others. In addition to the 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
With its newest investment, the ministry will be granting
priority to the weakest local authorities and cities in the periphery in an
effort to transform polluted waterways into places of economic leverage for the
regions that will lead to increased property values, 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.
rehabilitation projects, which should attract domestic tourism and catalyze
further economic initiatives, should be completed within three years, according
to the ministry.
Specific details of the rehabilitation plans include
educational community activities, reviving local vegetation, infrastructure
repair, bike path creation, ecological restoration and planting along the
By conserving unique habitats and restoring ones that exist no
more, the rehabilitation will encourage the existence of high-quality open
spaces sandwiched between the country’s many urban areas, the ministry
“In this way, centers of recreation and leisure in nature will
be created for the whole family across the country, especially in places where
up until today streams served as a neglected ‘backyard.’”