Săsar River

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Săsar River
River
SasarBaiaMare.JPG
The Săsar flowing through Baia Mare
Countries Romania
Counties Maramureș County
Tributaries
 - right Firiza
Villages Baia Sprie, Tăuții de Sus, Baia Mare, Săsar
Source
 - location Gutâi Mountains, Mount Arșița
 - elevation 1,005 m (3,297 ft)
 - coordinates 47°41′28″N 23°48′31″E / 47.69111°N 23.80861°E / 47.69111; 23.80861
Mouth Lăpuș
 - location Lăpușel
 - elevation 155 m (509 ft)
 - coordinates 47°37′24″N 23°27′33″E / 47.62333°N 23.45917°E / 47.62333; 23.45917Coordinates: 47°37′24″N 23°27′33″E / 47.62333°N 23.45917°E / 47.62333; 23.45917
Progression LăpușSomeșTiszaDanubeBlack Sea

The Săsar River (Hungarian: Zazar) is a right tributary of the river Lăpuș in Maramureș County, Romania. It discharges into the Lăpuș in Lăpușel, southwest of Baia Mare. It is a medium-size river which flows through the cities of Baia Sprie and Baia Mare.

The river was heavily polluted with untreated sewage, agricultural fertilizer, and toxic chemicals from local mining sites, including cyanide, arsenic, lead, and cadmium. One notable incident occurred on January 30, 2000, when a tailings impoundment at the Baia Mare mine burst, releasing 50 to 100 tons of cyanide and heavy metals into the river. The Săsar, locally known as the "dead river," is unsuitable for bathing, washing, or fishing. The World Health Organization has identified the Baia Mare region as a "health risk hotspot."

The Săsar River flows into the Lăpuș River, which in turn flows into the Someș River, a tributary of the Danube. Pollution in the Săsar thus eventually reaches Romania, Hungary, Serbia, and Bulgaria.

Tributaries[edit]

The following rivers are tributaries to the river Săsar:

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References[edit]

  • Administrația Națională Apelor Române - Cadastrul Apelor - București
  • Institutul de Meteorologie și Hidrologie - Rîurile României - București 1971
  • Trasee turistice - județul Maramureș [1]

Maps[edit]

  • Harta județului Maramureș [2]
  • Harta muntii Gutâi [3]