In addition to studying a number of environmental parameters, the foundation's specialists will evaluate the microplastic content using their own, newly developed methods. The Foundation's studies on microplastic are completely new to Russia. The waters of Volga have never been examined for microplastic prior to the upcoming expedition.
The Foundation "Clean hands, clean rivers" has extensive experience in environmental research. In 2019, a comprehensive program to study microplastic in the rivers of Russia, has been launched. Since then, the studies have already been carried out on the rivers Don, Oka, and a number of rivers in the Moscow region. The results of the research have been presented to the Federal Agency for Water Resources and the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation.
Conducting a comprehensive environmental study on the Volga River within the region of Tver, allows for a detailed analysis of the pollution in the river. In addition to that, this expedition will become an important stage on the way to a more in-depth and broad study of the Russian rivers and should be of great importance for further research on the Volga. The expedition of the Foundation "Clean hands, clean rivers" is a contribution to the national ecological campaign in Russian Federation.