Santo Domingo.- Enriquillo Lake’s salinity is decreasing as the massive freshwater inflow changes the hyper saline natural body of water, mostly from the constant flooding of large nearby rivers, a situation which starts to threaten some endemic species.
"The lake’s aquatic system, which is used to a salty environment, will not withstand the fresh water for long because it’s a different environment, and other species are entering the lake, indicating that new residents are coming while others will disappear," said canals and dams agency (Indrhi) director Olgo Fernandez.
The official said in addition to the lake’s loss of salinity, is the problem of its constant growth, which threatens the inhabitants of nearby communities.
"Since 2004 the lake has entered a growth process which wasn’t noticeable in earlier times, but after the storms Olga and Noel in 2007, the Sabana Yegua and Barahona watershed has received a very high rainfall and as a result the lake has been receiving heavy volumes of water from the rains."
The Indrhi director said RD$120.0 million have been spent on measures to control the waters from Rincon (Cabral) Lake, whose surplus water must now be diverted to Enriquillo, contributing to the calamity.