36 villages covered under spring rejuvenation

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 6/28/2019 12:00:26 PM IST

A total of 41 springs in 36 villages under nine districts in the state have been covered under spring rejuvenation activities under phase-I.

The remaining 64 villages in 11 districts will be covered in the phase II which will commence from July, said project associate of North East Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA) in a statement.
The vision of this initiative is to implement spring rejuvenation (trapping the surface runoff during monsoons to enable its percolation into the ground by digging trenches and ponds), activities across all the villages in the state.
The statement also stated that groundwater in the form of springs are the lifeline of the communities in Nagaland and there has been increasing evidence of springs discharge decreasing resulting in drying up of springs or springs becoming seasonal leading to acute shortage of water particularly during the winter. 
In view of this, spring shed management based on the concept of aquifer-based participatory spring shed management, a multi-stakeholder consortium comprising of Departments of Land Resources, Rural Development, government of Nagaland, NEIDA, Tata Trusts, ACWADAM and People Science Institute (PSI) were working together to regenerate and recharge mountain aquifers for drinking water security thereby increasing the states populations’ resilience to climate variability and change, the release stated. 
The statement stated that plantation and civil works in spring recharge areas were on the verge of completion in all the selected villages with active participation from village community members. 
The springs were selected after conducting in-depth social and technical feasibility studies which resulted in preparation of detail technical reports including hydrogeological mappings of springs. 
The studies were undertaken by trained para-hydrogeologists from the Land Resource Department and data collectors have been selected and trained by LRD to collect rainfall data, spring discharge and in-situ water quality testing on a regular basis to assess the performance of the springs over the next 24 months. 

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