Riga, founded in 1201, is the capital and the largest city of Latvia with a territory of 307 km2. Riga is one of the largest metropolises in the Baltic Sea region and it is one of the main industrial, business, financial, cultural and sport centres in the Baltic States, as well as an important port city and transport hub between the West and the East. Being home to 632,6 thousand residents (2019) – about a third of Latvia’s population, Riga is also the largest city in the Baltic states. Riga is known as the green & blue city – thanks to the city’s water bodies and green urban structures. However, managing stormwater runoff is a growing challenge for Riga due to stormwater pollution, flooding and other effects imposing serious impacts on water quality, public health and urban environment.
In the CleanStormWater project the City of Riga is represented by the City Development Department of the Riga City Council – the leading municipal institution in the field of strategic, spatial and land use planning and implementation of projects related to sustainable urban development. The City of Riga will pilot an innovative stormwater treatment solution equipped with real-time sensors for monitoring the stormwater quality