Lake Urmia

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  • Salt harvesting; a way of survival for Lake Urmia 2019-05-22 19:30

    Salt harvesting; a way of survival for Lake Urmia

    TEHRAN – The results of recent studies showed that salts encrusted the Lake Urmia’s bed are required to be extracted to prevent from reduction of water level and becoming a salt flat, deputy chief of the Department of Environment (DOE), Masoud Tajrishi, has said.

  • ‘Consistent supply of water to Lake Urmia only way to save it’ 2019-05-21 12:01

    ‘Consistent supply of water to Lake Urmia only way to save it’

    TEHRAN — Consistent supply of water to Lake Urmia is the only solution to save the lake, head of the provincial department for the Lake Urmia restoration program in West Azarbaijan province has said.

  • Is Lake Urmia on fast track to total restoration? 2019-05-11 20:07

    Is Lake Urmia on fast track to total restoration?

    TEHRAN — Kiumars Daneshjoo, CEO of West Azarbaijan regional water company, said on Saturday that two billion cubic meters of water is released from the dams surrounding the Lake Urmia increasing the volume of water at the lake to more than 5.3 billion cubic meters.

  • Attempts to revive Lake Urmia using technology 2019-05-09 00:55

    Attempts to revive Lake Urmia using technology

    TEHRAN – The vice presidency for science and technology will take measures in accordance with Lake Urmia restoration utilizing technology advances, IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

  • Thousands-year-old vase to be unveiled in Ardebil 2019-05-08 19:45

    Thousands-year-old vase to be unveiled in Ardebil

    TEHRAN – On May 18, concurrent with the International Museum Day, a three-thousand-year-old silver vase, which was recently found in Iran’s Ardebil province, will be unveiled in museum exhibition, provincial tourism chief has said.

  • As Lake Urmia replenishes Artemia returns to the lake 2019-05-06 21:34

    As Lake Urmia replenishes Artemia returns to the lake

    TEHRAN — After heavy rainfalls nationwide Lake Urmia, northwestern Iran, sprang back into life and now Artemia, aquatic species which used to reside in the lake, returned once again.

  • Images published on NASA Earth Observatory website show the lake on February 5, 2019, and April 12, 2019, before and after the recent floods in the region. 2019/04/26

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Too precious to lose: What brought back Lake Urmia to life? 

    TEHRAN —Subsequent to heavy rainfalls in the country, many long-lost wetlands and lakes were restored, among which Lake Urmia “the turquoise solitaire of Azarbaijan” was the most conspicuous.

  • Artemia ship once again float in Lake Urmia  2019-04-14 15:36

    Artemia ship once again float in Lake Urmia 

    Artemia ship, which was stuck on the lakebed for a long time due to dryness of Lake Urmia once again floated. 

  • Artemia ship once again float in Lake Urmia  2019-04-13 22:02

    Artemia ship once again afloat in Lake Urmia 

    Artemia ship, which was stuck on the lakebed for a long time due to dryness of Lake Urmia once again floated. 

  • Heavy rainfalls revive drying Lake Urmia 2019-04-07 22:04

    Heavy rainfalls revive drying Lake Urmia

    TEHRAN – Recent downpours causing flood that recently left many provinces of Iran submerged, have made the world’s second largest saltwater lake come back to life, as the water level of the northwestern Lake Urmia has raised dramatically.

  • Northwestern Kani Barazan Wetland play host to 30,000 migratory birds 2019-03-16 10:56

    Northwestern Kani Barazan Wetland play host to 30,000 migratory birds

    TEHRAN — Some 30,000 migratory birds have winged their ways to Kani Barazan Wetland, located in northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, Mahabad chief of department of environment has said.

  • Govt. pledges to increase water level at Lake Urmia  2019-02-22 22:41

    Govt. pledges to increase water level at Lake Urmia 

    TEHRAN — The Iranian government has pledged to take measures to increase water level at Lake Urmia by one meter within the next three years, deputy environment chief Masoud Tajrishi has said.

  • Lake Urmia water increased by 810 million cubic meters  2019-02-17 21:19

    Lake Urmia water increased by 810 million cubic meters 

    TEHRAN — The volume of water in Lake Urmia, northwestern Iran, has increased by 810 million cubic meters compared to the same date last year, director general of West Azarbaijan regional water company has said. 

  • Water level in Lake Urmia rises by 33cm 2019-02-07 01:30

    Water level in Lake Urmia rises by 33cm

    TEHRAN – The level of water in Lake Urmia, northwestern Iran, has increased by 33 centimeters compared to the same time last year, head of the provincial department for the Lake Urmia restoration program in West Azarbaijan province has said.

  • Drought-stricken southeastern Iran hoping for rain 2019-01-20 10:24

    Viral 10-year challenge reveals effects on Iran’s environment

    TEHRAN – Environmentalists took up the 10-year challenge on social media, posting photos of the lakes and wetlands drying up across the country, to raise awareness about the devastating impact of climate change on the environment, Mehr reported on Saturday.

  • Water consumption in agriculture sector fallen by 40% in Lake Urmia basin 2018-12-09 21:37

    Agricultural water use fallen by 40% in Lake Urmia basin

    TEHRAN — Implementation of the Lake Urmia restoration programs applying sustainable agricultural techniques and water-saving measures, has led to 35-40 percent drop in agricultural water consumption in the catchment basin of the Lake, head of the Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project (CIWP) has said.

  • ‘Salt particles raising from Lake Urmia contained by 80%’ 2018-11-04 01:30

    ‘Salt particles raising from Lake Urmia contained by 80%’

    TEHRAN – Salt particles raising from the catchment basin of Lake Urmia has been contained by nearly 80 percent, Farhad Sarkhosh, head of the provincial department for the Lake Urmia restoration program at West Azarbaijan has said.

  • Supreme National Security Council to weigh up agriculture around Lake Urmia 2018-09-28 21:39

    Supreme National Security Council to weigh up agriculture around Lake Urmia

    TEHRAN — The Lake Urmia restoration program has taken over the issue of agricultural development around the lake into the Supreme National Security Council, deputy environment chief Masoud Tajrishi has said.

  • Lake Urmia full restoration deferred pending budget allocation 2018-09-15 01:56

    Lake Urmia full restoration deferred pending budget allocation

    TEHRAN — Limited budget could put back Lake Urmia, a wetland located in northwest Iran, restoration projects, Masoud Tajrishi deputy environment chief and an official with the lake restoration program has said.

  • Farmers harvest tomatoes in a countryside near Lake Urmia (Photo: Aletheia Casey) 2018-09-11 23:52

    Digital transformation meant to save Lake Urmia: ICT minister

    TEHRAN – Digital transformation in the field of irrigation can help save 35 percent of water resources in northwest of the country and lead to the preservation of Lake Urmia, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said on Monday, ILNA reported.

  • Millennia-old Hasanlu under restoration, landscaping project 2018-08-15 17:06

    Millennia-old Hasanlu under restoration, landscaping project

    TEHRAN – A restoration and landscaping project on Iran’s Teppe Hasanlu has been completed some 70 percent, CHTN reported on Wednesday.

  • A view of Lake Urmia / Photo by Hossein Mahmoudi, Lake Urmia restoration program website 2018-08-01 18:41

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    No water transfer to Lake Urmia: DOE chief

    TEHRAN — Talking about Lake Urmia, a body of water shared between East and West Azarbaijan provinces in northwestern Iran, chief of Iran’s Department of Environment (DOE) put emphasis on the fact that no water transfer scheme is underway for restoration of the lake.

  • Photo depicts a view of Urmia Lake in December 2016, photo by Mojtaba Esmaeilzadeh/ Tasnim 2018-07-28 08:47

    ‘Solar power plants an alternative for income generation around Lake Urmia basin’

    TEHRAN — Setting up solar power plants to produce electricity can be an alternative income generation for farmers in Lake Urmia basin in northwestern Iran, Ja’far Mohseni, head of East Azarbaijan academic center for education, culture and research, known as Jahad Daneshgahi, has said.

  • Lake Urmia likely to revive in 10 years; building our hopes up? 2018-07-19 07:25

    Lake Urmia likely to revive in 10 years; building our hopes up?

    TEHRAN — Chief of West Azarbaijan province’s Department of Environment, Parviz Arasteh, has said that Lake Urmia will be revived within the next 10 years, but is he building our hopes up?

  • Sand and dust storm in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, hit the city in late January. 2018-07-05 12:12

    MP proposes water, environment, natural resources ministry

    TEHRAN — MP Abbas Papizadeh has proposed creation of a new ministry for water, environment, and natural resources aiming to supervise the current trend of environmental predicaments the country is facing.

  • Lake Urmia 2018-06-08 12:47

    Rainfalls to the rescue: Water flows into Lake Urmia

    Following the recent spring rainfalls water has flowed into Lake Urmia, the “the turquoise solitaire of Azarbaijan”.

  • A photo of Urmia Lake taken in early April/ Photo by Mojtaba Esmailzadeh/ Tasnim 2018-05-15 19:56

    Water flow to Lake Urmia drops by 400mcm yr/yr: environment chief

    TEHRAN — Water flow to Lake Urmia, northwestern Iran, has decreased by 400 million cubic meters year on year, chief of the Department of Environment (DOE) has said.

  • A photo of Urmia Lake taken in early April Mojtaba Esmailzadeh/ Tasnim 2018-05-14 05:20

    Water transfer won’t revive Lake Urmia: official

    TEHRAN — Water transfer won’t restore Lake Urmia, Hedayat Fahimi, an official with the Ministry of Energy has said, noting that promoting sustainable agriculture is the way to save the lake.

  • Salt mining in Lake Urmia: Opportunity vs. threat 2018-05-09 20:12

    By Mohammad Ali Haqshenas

    Salt mining in Lake Urmia: Opportunity vs. threat

    The dryness of Lake Urmia in recent decades has revealed great salt reserves in its bed. Estimations for the amount of salt in the lake varies from 6 to 10 billion tons. That’s certainly a great potential for mining and has already tempted some individuals to extract some salt, however, there are different views on salt mining in the region.

  • Photo by Soheil Faraji / ISNA 2018-04-29 10:06

    Lake Urmia, habitat of some 35,000 flamingos

    TEHRAN – Some 35,000 migratory flamingos are now living in Lake Urmia and the seasonally-flooded wetlands in the region, said an official with West Azarbaijan province’s department of environment.