European Commission

    Fourteen countries and the European Commission have adopted a cleanup plan for the Danube River and its tributaries, AP reports. Flowing from southern Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea, some 83 million people in 19 countries live in the river’s basin. The Danube River Basin Management Plan aims, among other things, to reduce organic and nutrient pollution from settlements and agriculture. It also includes measures to protect and reconnect wetlands. Participating countries are Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. The plan calls for the cleanup measures to be in place by 2015.

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