Michoacan’s Lake Cuitzeo is drying out fast

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Lake Cuitzeo is an endorheic lake located in a valley of the Neovolcanic Axis of Mexico, mostly in the state of Michoacán, with a small portion in the state of Guanajuato. It takes its name from the town of Cuitzeo del Porvenir, Mich., which is located on its banks.

The communities around Lake Cuitzeo pray for the rain to come.

Irámuco, a town located in the municipality of Acambaro, Guanajuato, bordering Michoacán, is one of the few areas of Lake Cuitzeo where mirrors of water still exist, but sewage discharges from the communities near the tributary persist.

At least a dozen wooden boats look neglected, with garbage and in a state of abandonment, waiting on the shore of the piers for the next rainy season to be able to navigate in a higher water level.

Lake Cuitzeo is drying out

Given the practically dry lake, boat transfers for the inhabitants who live on Cerro Grande Island to Iramuco become more complicated every day. Trips that previously took 5 minutes, now take 1 hour or more.

To be able to enter the area with the highest water level of Lake Cuitzeo, it is through a ditch with muddy water surrounded by cracked earth. It measures just one and a half meters wide. This ditch is dug by the fishermen themselves and leads to the area where they usually fish.

Source: Excelsior

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