Inlay Lake is enchanting visitors with scenic views after pieces of man-made floating lands, water hyacinths and lake debris are removed in the aquatic ecosystem.
Inlay Lake, the second-largest lake in Myanmar, is home to migratory birds and rare species and is also rich in biodiversity and cultural heritage.
Earlier, pieces of floating lands, invasive water hyacinths and debris were ubiquitous across the lake. It posed a grave threat to the lake, affecting the ecosystem and causing transport problems. To collect those invasive water hyacinths and pieces of floating lands, the Department of Irrigation and Water Utilization Management has taken control measures by setting seven zones in the lake starting from October 2021, with the use of backhoe dredgers and aquatic weed harvesters. The water hyacinth menace is controlled in one month, the Department stated.
“Motorboats are highly vulnerable to water hyacinths and other lake debris which block water channels and hamper transportation. The authorities have cleared water hyacinths in the lake so we no longer need to worry about those problems till now,” said Ko Tin Aung Lwin, a motorboat operator from Nyaungshwe city.
Water hyacinths are spreading across the lake and eradication of water hyacinths has been undertaken approximately on 465.43 acres in the designated seven zones. Furthermore, other aquatic weeds were also cleared on 243 acres in the lake. The control and eradication activities were carried out in the main waterways of Namkat creek and Ngaphe creek as well.
Menacing water hyacinth is suitable to turn to manure. The locals, grower groups and the cooperative societies are recycling them as organic fertilizers.
“Shan State government is assisting in making fertilizers from hyacinth humus. It also helps reduce the use of chemical fertilizers for the benefit of the residents and the lake’s ecosystem. It is recycling waste to valuable organic fertilizers in agriculture,” U Nyi Nyi, chairman of Save the Inlay Lake explained.
Those harvested water hyacinths and other debris are heaped near Zayatgyi and Lethit villages. The officials concerned, in cooperation with locals, managed them to make natural fertilizers. The recycling process also helps lessen the degradation of water quality.
The department is also taking control measures to keep the lake clean. It will conserve the biodiversity and ecosystem in the wetland area.
Those hyacinths and pieces of floating lands will be collected with hyacinth harvesters along the waterways to villages, in coordination with the residents. Moreover, the department will also raise awareness of the systematic disposal of the hyacinth. — Nay Myo Thurein (Nyaungshwe IPRD)/GNLM