“For years, Lake Coatepeque has not been seen as a good asset, but rather as a source of exploitation,” says the Minister of the Environment.

This morning, the Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), Fernando López, reported that as members of the National Civil Protection Commission, all possible information is being collected on the situation that Lake Coatepeque is going through in Santa Ana. “to have a clear picture of what is happening”the official clarified.

López assured that they are monitoring the influence that leachate may have, which is a liquid that comes from garbage, largely produced by the recreational farms and businesses that are located in the lake.

“What Lake Coatepeque has right now is a proliferation of cyanobacteria; This is for two reasons: the cyanobacteria feed on the water minerals, which naturally exist in this lake of volcanic origin and secondly, by external sources such as irresponsible agricultural practices that are carried out around the lake, the leachate issue that can come of the surrounding communities, the influence of the recreational villas and the businesses that are on the lake”explained the head of MARN.

Environmental Chamber issued “anticipatory” precautionary measures for the protection of Lake Coatepeque

Environmental Chamber issued “anticipatory” precautionary measures for the protection of Lake Coatepeque
Lake of Coatepeque, Santa Ana. | THE PAGE NEWSPAPER | Photo: Courtesy Environment.

On May 6, the Environmental Chamber of Santa Tecla, in La Libertad, issued “anticipatory” precautionary measures to protect Lake Coatepeque, in Santa Ana.

“They are aimed at counteracting the sources of pollution that mainly affect the degradation of Lake Coatepeque, due to the deterioration of the soil resource, water, loss of biodiversity resources and landscape degradation”says the statement from the Integrated Judicial Center of Santa Tecla.

The finding of the brown spots was reported by the Coatepeque Foundation on April 6 on its social networks. Lake Coatepeque is a mirror of water of 2,400 hectares.

On this, López explained that: “We are giving the people in Lake Coatepeque the opportunity to organize themselves, because if this is not going to take its toll on them with those bad practices, Lake Coatepeque is going to disappear, we are coordinating for good and giving the opportunity to that they be ordered and I mean businesses, houses and agricultural activities”.

Likewise, he explained that as part of the actions to continue ensuring the well-being of salvadorans in the face of climatic phenomena, the institutions that make up the 2022 Winter Plan are already activated and executing said plan, which is made up of two components; the first focused on risk prevention and the second on emergency care.

It is currently in the transition from the dry season to the rainy season and, as of May 15, full winter will enter, explained the official, who added that the rains began to be recorded in March and in the first days of May Thunderstorms have been recorded in different parts of the country.

Minister López reported that the average annual rainfall in the country is around 2,000 millimeters and, to date, some measurement stations already register 183 millimeters; that is to say, that before the start of the rainy season there is already 8% of the annual registration.

The head of the Environment said that by 2022, 19 systems have been forecast in the Atlantic Ocean and 17 in the Pacific, which will be monitored in order to analyze their evolution and possible influence on the national territory. Furthermore, he added that this year, according to meteorological analysis, will be similar to others such as 1985, 1989, 1996 and 2018.

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