Environment

Lake Jablanica dries out, Elektroprivreda denies responsibility

Photo: YouTube/Damir Misura

Published

February 7, 2017

Comments

0

Share

Published:

February 7, 2017

Comments:

0

Share

Lake Jablanica in Bosnia and Herzegovina has dried out after the power utility Elektroprivreda BiH released water from the nearby dam, the locals said. This caused an ecological disaster and the loss of two million fish.

The local fishermen say that Elektroprivreda released the water about 40 days ago without any prior notice. Restoring the lake to its original condition would take 50 years, they said.

“There is not a drop left, Jablanica lake is gone, as well as the fish population that belongs there”, said the fisherman Ekrem Bukvić.

Elektroprivreda BiH denied responsibility for the ecological disaster at lake Jablanica. The company said that the period of drought from September last year to January 2017. reflected on the water supply in the reservoir of HPP Jablanica.

Sanel Riđanović, professor of zoology and ecology at the Džemal Bijedić University, claims the current state of the lake is a direct consequence of the negligence of Elektroprivreda.

„Uncontrolled release of water caused this, and it will leave long-term consequences. Maybe it will take twenty, fifty or a hundred years to restore the lake to previous condition, but no one can be sure about this. Once you disturb the aquatic ecosystem it can never truly be restored“, said Riđanović for Klix.ba.

Lake Jablanica was created in the 1950s with the construction of an 80 meter tall dam. The lake’s maximum length is 30 kilometers, it covers 1,440 hectars and its depth is 80 meters. Fluctuations in water level normally reach 25 meters.

Due to low precipitation and small inflow of water, this and similar reservoirs are facing a rapid decline in water levels because of electricity production.

Comments (0)

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Enter Your Comment

Please wait... Please fill in the required fields. There seems to be an error, please refresh the page and try again. Your comment has been sent.

Related Articles

Romania coal fired thermal power plants

Romania erases new coal-fired thermal power plants from its plans

23 November 2020 - The Government of Romania claims no more coal power plants would be built and CE Oltenia hinted it is about to scrap the last such project.

federation of bih abolish feed in tariffs shpp

Federation of BiH to scrap feed-in tariffs for small hydropower plants from 2021

19 November 2020 - The government is preparing a set of regulatory amendments in order to prevent the adverse impact of small hydropower plants on the environment.

slovenia measures air pollution maribor celje

Three Slovenian cities to beat air pollution with renewables, sustainable urban mobility

18 November 2020 - The Government of Slovenia has adopted plans worth EUR 63 million to reduce air pollution in Maribor, Celje and Murska Sobota.

UK gasoline diesel car ban to 2030 green plan

UK pushes forward gasoline, diesel car ban to 2030 in its green plan

18 November 2020 - The UK rolled out a green for pandemic recovery and moved the new fossil fuel–powered car sales ban target date from 2040 to 2030.