Kazanka River

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Kazansu (Kazanka) River
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Kazanka in Kazan
Origin Bimeri, Arsk District, Tatarstan
Mouth Samara Reservoir, Volga
Basin countries Tatarstan, Russia
Length 142 km
Avg. discharge 299 m³/s (near mouth)
Basin area 2600 km²

Kazanka or Qazansu (Russian: Каза́нка; Tatar Cyrillic: Казансу, Latin: Qazansu) is a river in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, a left tributary of the Volga. The Kazanka begins near the village of Bimeri in Arsk District and flows into the Samara Reservoir in Kazan, near the Kazan Kremlin. Other towns on the Kazanka are Arsk and historical Iske Kazan. The river is 142 km long. The main tributaries are Iya, Kismes, Shimyakovka and Sula. Historically, the Bulak river was flowing into Kazanka, until it was separated by a dam in 1957. The maximum river discharge is 299 m³/s, the minimal mineralization is 400–1000 mg/l. In Tatarstan, Kazanka has a status of a natural monument.

During the construction of the Samara Reservoir, a lower part of the Kazanka valley was flooded. A part of the riverbed was separated from the reservoir by dams, creating a new riverbed. In 2008 a project was proposed to fill in a cove in the wide section of the estuary for a business district.

The Kazanka divides Kazan into two equal parts. Six bridges within the city cross the Kazanka; the most notable among them is the Millennium Bridge.

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Coordinates: 56°05′N 49°53′E / 56.083°N 49.883°E / 56.083; 49.883