On November 15th, 2014, the «Zaporizhstal» Steel Works together with employees of National Nature Reserve «Hortitsa» (city Zaporozhye) has organised ecological quest for senior pupils of 10 schools of city Zaporozhye within limits of realisation of the 2nd stage of public ecological initiative «Save the Dnieper together!».

The excursion through the “Zaporizhstal” Steel Works was organized for schoolchildren within the limits of action. During the excursion Inna Holina the Head of environmental protection department has told to children about the widespread projects of modernization, which are realised by the Steel Works for the purpose of reduction of technogenic loading on the city. One of such objects is new modern line of hydrochloric acid pickling CPL-4 in Cold Rolling Shop № 1, which will allow to eliminate completely disposal of process waters into the river Dnieper and to reduce emissions of sulphuric acid fumes into atmosphere on 83 %.

This year the first stage of ecological initiative «Save the Dnieper together!» has taken place several days earlier, at that time when «Zaporizhstal» Steel Works together with Zaporozhye regional organisation «The Society of fishers and hunters of Ukraine» (UООR), made widespread stocking of the river Dnieper with fish – over 33 thousand species, around 6 tons of white silver carps have been released into the river.

During ecological quest, which has passed in territory of National Nature Reserve «Hortitsa», children have taken part in eight fascinating ecological competitions. Senior pupils within three hours competed in the ecological knowledge and competence: landed trees, thought out and drew nature protection signs, learnt to sort rubbish correctly, participated in ecological race on personal championship. So, during ecological quest children have landed 100 plantlets of bird cherry tree in area of dendro-park on island Hortitsa. After that, experts of National Nature Reserve «Hortitsa», and «The Society of fishers and hunters of Ukraine» during botanical and zoological competitions have checked up knowledge of children in the field of flora and fauna of island Hortitsa. Schoolchildren have found the answers to all tasks and following the results of the competition jury, consisting of representatives of the “Zaporizhstal” Steel Works, National Nature Reserve «Hortitsa» and «The Society of fishers and hunters of Ukraine», has defined winners based on team and personal results. All participants have received valuable prizes for their educational institutions – multimedia board and projector, the TV, wall watch and prizes for individual championship – bicycle, sports watch and tablet computer.

«The current ecological action is not an exceptional, we carry out various events in educational institutions on a constant basis, which are connected with ecological education. We acquaint children with our enterprise and production processes, we tell about environmental protection technologies and projects of modernisation aimed on improvement of ecology that arouse a great interest in children», – has pointed out Inna Holina the Head of environmental protection department.

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