The effects of the environment and ecology projects on lake management and water quality

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Journal: Environ Monit Assess 2008/07/08
Published: 2008
Authors: Koc, C.
Address: State Hydraulic Works (DSI), XXIst Regional Directorate, 09020, Aydin, Turkey, cengizkoc@dsi.gov.tr.

In this study, the characteristics, benefits, and effects of the environment and ecology project, which has been implemented in Turkey for the first time to restore the natural life that has been spoilt and the ecological balance of Lake Bafa located in Great Meander Basin, are searched. Moreover, the water samples taken from the stations that were spotted in the lake have been analyzed for the physical and chemical changes taking place in water quality before and after the project. The water cycle occurring as a result of giving water that was raised in Great Meander River by the Rubber regulator, which is the most important element of the project, through the Sercin inlet and feeder channel; and draining the saline and low-quality water to the river bed of the Great Meander, will improve the water quality, the natural life, and the ecological balance of the lake in time. Thanks to the water given to the lake within the scope of project, the salinity of the lake water decreased from 25,500 to 22,500 mmhos cm( - 1). The electrical conductivity, Na( + ), Mg( + 2), Ca( + 2), Cl( - ), Formula: see text, Formula: see text, and the amount of the organic substances were found as over the appropriate values for fishery. Besides, the decreases in the amounts of Formula: see text, Formula: see text and Formula: see text affect the living beings in the lake negatively. In addition, the measures to take are specified, so that the natural life of the Lake and the ecological balance can renew themselves within a short time.

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