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Project helps wildlife at Turkey's Lake Bafa

MUĞLA - Anatolia News Agency | 10/7/2009 12:00:00 AM |

A project run by the State Waterworks Authority, or DSİ, has helped the wildlife in Lake Bafa.

A project run by the State Waterworks Authority, or DSİ, has helped wildlife in Lake Bafa. DSİ Regional Director Halil İbrahim İndap told the Anatolia news agency there has been an increase in the number of birds and fish in the area.

“Fresh water is delivered to the lake every rainy season, washing it off and increasing salt levels,” he said. With the help of the early rain, the lake has recieved more than 20 million cubic meters of fresh water so far this season. 

“Fresh water helps the fish population in the lake. But pollution caused by olive oil factories and villages nearby hampered our efforts.” The responsibility is on the shoulders of factory owners and villagers. Fishermen in the lake are happy with the results of the project, he said.

Necmettin Yıldız, a fisherman of 20 years, said there is no longer dead fish and a bad smell. “The lake is the only source of income for our village. The amount of fish we have caught has significantly increased since the project was launched.”

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