The Lybid River is the most famous among small rivers in Kyiv. It is believed that the river was named after the sister of the legendary founders of Kyiv – Kyi, Shchek and Khoryv.

The length of the river is 17 km2, basin size – 66.2 km2, elevation of source – 185 m, of mouth – 91.5 m. From these data one can conclude that the difference in water level between the source and the mouth is 93.5 m. As Lybid has a significant slope, the river flow rate is also high. Even given average water content, it reaches 0.8-1.0 m/s. The special property of the river is that it does not freeze during cold season. This is associated with predominant ground-water supply of the river. Significant role is also played by wastewater discharges.

It is reasonable to presume that the source of the river is located at the beginning of a sewer collector, situated farthermost from the mouth. Based on this approach, the source of Lybid can be considered to be the beginning of the collector (500 mm in diameter) located at the intersection of Radishcheva and Svitlohirska Streets near Ivan Lepse Bboulevard.

The confluence of the Lybid and the Dnieper is located just below the CHP-5 – more specifically – 100 meters up-stream of HVTL.

The main tributaries are: Skomorokh, Sovka, Buslovka, Vidradnyi, Shuliavka (Shuliavytsya), Kadetska Roshcha, Klov, Yamka, Protasiv Yar and others (most of them are confined in culverts, some are intermittent streams).

Giving a brief description of Lybid it would be appropriate to mention its glorious past. At the time of Kievan Rus, it formed the southern boundary of Kyiv. In XVI-XVII centuries the river was widely used for milling, most of the mills belonged to Kyiv monasteries. Some reservoirs on the Lybid lasted until the early twentieth century.


The Lybid River and its tributaries.

Author of the map: Oleksandr Mykhailyk