Minister of Ecosocialism disregards claims about Lake Maracaibo

Minister of Ecosocialism disregards claims about Lake Maracaibo

The governor of the state of Zulia, Manuel Rosales, promised on Wednesday, July 12, to build a plant to treat the wastewater that is dumped at its final destination in Lake Maracaibo.


The Minister of Ecosocialism, Josué Lorca, affirmed that Lake Maracaibo is in “excellent conditions”, a speech that goes against various organizations that have denounced the degree of contamination suffered by the Zulian waters.

“Our Lake is in excellent condition, we can say it with all the responsibility of the case,” said the official during a scientific-technical meeting at the headquarters of the Institute for the Conservation of the Lake Maracaibo Basin (ICLAM).

Contrary to what was alerted by the NGO Azul Ambientalistas, which asked to declare Zulia in a state of emergency to mitigate the environmental impact of the area, Lorca stated that the lake remains a “healthy ecosystem” and is not in a contamination emergency. even despite the presence of blue-green algae known as “verdin”.

“Physicochemical and salinity parameters have been reviewed that give us a clear path of health in the Lake, demonstrating that the degrees of toxicity, level of reproduction, chemical oxygen and biological demand are stable,” he argued.

The minister explained that the action plan for the comprehensive protection of the Lake has four vertices, the first is the collection of cyanobacteria at four critical points, then the inspection of companies that dump their waste into Lake Maracaibo and prevent them from supplying materials contaminants.

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Reforestation days will also be applied to the four basins that supply the Lake, the solid waste collection system will be optimized on all the coasts of the estuary, reported the official website of the Ministry of Ecosocialism.

He also expressed that scientific debates will be held to which all environmental sectors are invited so that they can learn in depth about the behavior of Lake Maracaibo.

“During the last 40 years, the periodic presence of this cyanobacterial algae has been recorded, recurring on the coasts due to various factors,” he insisted.

Just a day ago, Azul Ambientalistas warned that 70% of Lake Maracaibo was affected by the “verdin” due to the discharge of wastewater without being treated.

“We can see on the shores a green stain that when it dries has a very strong odor, which is causing diseases in many residents of all the shores of Lake Maracaibo,” said Yohan Flores, director of the organization.

The governor of the state of Zulia, Manuel Rosales, promised on Wednesday, July 12, to build a plant to treat the wastewater that is dumped at its final destination in Lake Maracaibo, in order to reduce contamination in the lake basin that has been been affected in recent months by the continuous oil spills and the appearance of “verdin”.

*With information from The truth

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