OHRID REQUESTS SHUTTING DOWN OF LAKE'S OUTLETS
The local self-government of Ohrid asked the competent authorities to discuss the possibility of shutting down the Ohrid Lake's outlets, after the water level dropped to zero point.
Ohrid's Mayor Aleksandar Petreski asked today the Agriculture Minister and the management of the public enterprise Macedonian Electric Power Plants (ELEM) to take adequate steps in order to prevent further reduction of the lake's water level by artificial draining, Makfax correspondent reported.
Petreski said that the local authorities are aware that such a step would have a negative impact on the hydrological conditions of Crn Drim River and Globocica water accumulation, but, as he put it, the damage would be of much smaller scale compared to the ecological disaster the lake is facing.
Because of the unfavorable hydrological situation and the drought that took a grip of Macedonia this year, the level of Ohrid Lake has been constantly dropping since the beginning of 2007, with 7-centimeter drop in September alone.
MD: The Ohrid Lake dropped to the zero reference point this week, set at 693.17 meters above sea level.