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Water level increases in drying Urmia Lake

Water level increases in drying Urmia Lake

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Date: 9 December 2015 17:32

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 9

By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

Apparently the latest measures taken by the Iranian government as well as rainfalls have contributed to the reviving process of the drying up Urmia Lake in northwest of the country.

Morteza Mousavi, an official with Iran Water Resources Management Company, said that the water level in the Urmia Lake has improved following the recent rainfalls in the country and a government’s decision to release 60 million of cubic meters of water from the Boukan dam.

He said that the present (Dec. 2015) water level of the lake is 1270.27 meters above sea, which has decreased by 24 centimeters compared to the same time last year.

He further added that the country’s agricultural ministry is planning to modernize the irrigation systems in lands surrounding the lake in order to save water.

According to the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP), the lake has been drying up and is currently in a state of ecological crisis with major impacts on biodiversity and socio-economic conditions as the water level continuously decreased and salt concentration increased.

Reduced precipitation apparently because of long-term climate change, more water abstraction from rivers and ground water resources, increasing trends for water and land development projects in provinces, expansion of agricultural lands, use of traditional irrigation systems, existing of unauthorized irrigation wells, planting crops that consume a lot of water are among the main reasons for the ecological crisis.

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