The Oruro Governor must now take appropriate measures to ensure sustainable development of this lake. We knew that a source of the draining of this lake was mining activities, whereas they would be illegal or not, they should stop using this water. People complain about their way of living, they use natural resources ot the extent that a resource is depleted beyond recuperation. So, we must made people aware of a better use of our natural resources. There should be zero tolerance when anyone breaks the law, people in charge of implementing the law should not take bribes nor feel threatened by those who just want to deplete our resources. More education, more prevention and overall awareness that we may be getting a second chance to recuperate the beautiful Poopo Lake! The above is the opinion of Bolivian Thoughts.
El Deber reports:
Governorate: Lake Poopó grew to more than 1,300 kilometers
The rains and the climatic conditions will be decisive for the recovery of this lake located in Oruro.
The water mirror of Lake Poopó, the second largest in Bolivia, grew twice as much as in 2017, surpassing 1,300 square kilometers, informed governor, Víctor Hugo Vásquez on Thursday.
The authority explained that the future of the lake will depend on climatic behavior, with rains, strong winds, intensity of the sun and rainfall that will be recorded in the coming years.
“We have been able to observe twice as much water in Lake Poopó compared to last year, and according to comparisons of the satellite photos, there is more than 1,300 square kilometers of water that is currently spoken,” he said after making a flyby of that region.
According to studies of the situation of Lake Poopó, in 1985 the water mirror was 4,000 square kilometers, and with an average of 3,200, although some studies have averaged between 1,600 and 2,000 kilometers the extension of Lake Poopó.
“We would be talking about more than a quarter of the water it had more than 30 years ago, at its best, but if we take into account the average of 1,600 to 2,000, we would be talking about more than 50% recovery of water for Poopó lake,” he said.
The water mirror of Lake Poopó, in December 2015, was reduced to the extreme by the drought recorded in that year, reaching just one square kilometer, with serious damage to aquatic life and the riverine communities that live off fishing.