Last week, environmentalist José A. Matos said that Lake Enriquillo has lost five centimeters in the last 21 days; and, although the lake has been recovering and he observes more greenery recently, the fauna has declined, especially iguanas and birds, such as ravens, caos, flamingos, spoonbills, Florida ducks, grey doves, parrots, and yaguazas. Here are excerpts:
[. . .] He said the lake has dropped 94 centimeters thus far this year, which he affirms is noteworthy compared with recent levels, whereas a similar downturn occurs at nearby Azuei Lake –shared with Haiti- lower by 69cm thus far, “proving once again that the levels of both lakes behave independently, despite sharing rainfall figures.”
In a statement, Matos said it has been raining in the western part of Lake Enriquillo, and observed more greenery during his last visit to the area.
“Lake Enriquillo’s level recorded high growth from 2007 to 2013, as its salinity three times that of the sea has highly diminished and can be observed,” the researcher said.
He said the lake’s flora and fauna have declined, especially iguanas and bird populations, such as ravens, caos, flamingos, spoonbill, Florida ducks, grey doves, parrots, yaguazas and others.