The Almiropotamos This lovely reed-fringed river reaches the sea at the western end of Vatera beach. It receives the sewage of Polichnitos via a tributary and also that of Vrisa, via another tributary. In its lower reaches it is in a disgusting state, offensive to both the eyes and the nose. It poses a threat to the health of bathers at Vatera and to anyone who comes in contact with it. The sewage from Polichnitos is discharged just downstream of its Thermal baths and the bath site is crossed by an ugly concrete pipe carrying untreated sewage, which is broken in places with holes large enough for children to fall through.
This is a mountain stream flowing past the beautiful
Moni Perivolis with its famous frescos and reaching the sea at Ancient Andissa.
It receives the untreated sewage of modern Andissa and, via the Lardia, that of
Vatousa. At Moni Perivolis the smell is overpowering and offensive. The outlet
is at what would otherwise be a lovely beach.
The Lisvorio River This short stream, one branch of which flows through the Lisvorio Thermal Baths, deposits untreated sewage from Lisvori into the Gulf of Kalloni between the Polychnitos Salt Pans and Skamnioudi. In its lower reaches it is one of the most disgusting of all of the polluted rivers of Lesbos. It is seen and smelt by many where it is crossed by the road from Achladeri to Scala Polychnitou and is known to the Skala Kallonis bird-watchers as 'Smelly River'. It destroys what again would be a fine beach and, more worryingly, it is polluting a rich and important fishery and a wetland of international significance.
This river discharges into the Gulf of Gera at
the wetland of Dipi Larissos. On its way it collects sewage from Lambou Mili and
The Aghia Paraskevi Stream This small stream flows from the southern edge of Aghia Paraskevi, joining the north of perimeter dyke surrounding the Kalloni Salt-pans. In spring 2001 it was highly polluted, apparently with sewage but possibly with other toxins, and was killing the flora and fauna in the dyke, making it unusable by wading birds and marsh terns. This example of pollution is worrying because of its proximity to works producing salt for human consumption.
Page last updated:30 Aug 2003
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