Naivasha: Increased human activities around rivers feeding Lake Naivasha have been cited as the major threat to the existence of the fresh water lake resource.
Environmentalists are now concerned that the gains made in rehabilitating the lake’s catchment areas could be reversed, jeopardizing livelihoods of hundreds of residents who rely on the lake.
A representative of Water Resource Users Association (WRUA) Enock Kiminta regretted that the current state of rivers Karate and Gilgil was worrying due to illegal human activities, adding that a section of river Karate has been converted into a quarry.
He at the same time said River Gilgil was on its death bed due to unregulated massive water obstruction by surrounding farmers; particularly those from Mbegi village, a move he said has reduced waters flowing to the lake through this major river.
Kiminta said the human activities were detrimental not only to the river resources but also to the environment, and called for urgent measures to rescue the rivers and ensure the survival of the lake.
“The youths are taking advantage of the current drought to carry out illegal quarry activities that is very dangerous to the survival of the rivers and the lake”, Kiminta lamented.
The environmentalists have now warned that if nothing is done to stop the illegal activities; the river will be no more in the coming years which further means that no water will be flowing to the lake.
Kiminta at the same time called on Water Resourse Management Authority (WRMA) to help in curbing the situation, saying all the illegal activities should be stopped if the lake is to be rescued.
This came as water users downstream said the lake’s water levels were dropping by each day, and blamed the illegal activities upstream for the move.
Fishermen, led by the chairman Lake Naivasha Boat Owners Association David Kilo have also expressed concern over the fall in water levels at the lake, adding that this was creating a conducive environment for the growth of the dreaded water hyacinth weed which is also another threat to the lake’s existence.