June 10, 2009

Lake Nakuru might dry up in 5 years

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 10:03 am

Lake nakuru which is the home of flamingoes might dry up in five years due to destruction of the environment in its catchment areas. All rivers floeing in to the lake – Njoro, Makalia and Nderit – had dried up. The lake is now depending on sewage and storm water from the town and its environs.

Disaster is looming if destruction of the Mau Forest Complex and other catchment areas was not stopped urgently. The lake extintion would deal the tourism industry and Kenya in general a big blow because the park, famous for its flamingos,is among the biggest income earners.

The lake is a major tourist attraction for its beautiful flamingos that outline the lake with their pink colour and  amajor revunue earner.Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)is spending Sh. 250,000 per month to provide fresh water to wildlife in Lake Nakuru National Park after the rivers dried up . This is because the flamingoes can not drink the saline waters of the lake so the management is forced to strategically place throughs within the park. The park anagement uses diesel worth Sh. 10,000 a day to pump water into the troughs.

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