The Velký Pařezitý pond, which serves as a backup source of drinking water, is in a state of disrepair, posing a potential threat to the safety and property of the nearby village Řásná and other municipalities along its course. The pond is a part of the large stump pond located near Řásná village in the Jihlava district. The project aims to increase the safety of the overflows, reconstruct the dam and technical buildings of the waterworks, in the interest of protecting human safety, property, and nature of the nearby nature reserve. In the context of climate change, there is a higher risk of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts, which can impact the water supply and availability of drinking water. The pond can help to mitigate this risk by ensuring that there is a backup source of drinking water available. Additionally, the project can promote environmental protection by ensuring that the pond and waterworks are functioning properly, helping to maintain the ecological balance of the nearby nature reserve. The pond and waterworks can serve as a habitat for aquatic species, and by ensuring their safety, the project can contribute to the protection of local biodiversity.
The total cost of the project was 49 228 737 CZK (2 080 631 EUR) from which 41 844 426 CZK (1768536 EUR) was provided by EU funds and 7 384 310 CZK (312 094 EUR) from public sources of the Czech Republic.
The project to repair the Velký Pařezitý pond's dam and technical buildings to ensure human safety and property protection of the nearby nature reserve is recommendable. However, the project's investment in buildings makes it carbon-intensive, resulting in adverse environmental impacts. Despite the project's positive intentions, its carbon footprint must be considered, especially given the current climate change crisis. As such, the project should consider adopting more environmentally friendly practices to minimize carbon emissions and positively impact the landscape. For example, natural based solutions, avoiding using heavy machinery, and using locally sourced materials.