Oregon’s only saltwater lake is disappearing, and scientists don’t know why
An environmental mystery is taking place at Lake Abert. Scientists are baffled as they cannot find why the only salt water lake of Oregon in drying up! AND, OF COURSE; THE STATE HASN’T DONE A THING ABOUT IT.
Lake Abert, the Pacific Northwest’s largest saltwater lake, has lost almost 90% of its water volume. Its depth has decreased by about 90 % from 16 to only 2 feet deep in just one decade!
Before, it was inhabited by shrimps. Now, they are also dying off! It’s an environmental disaster, and actually a mystery: A 64-square-mile lake is dying, and no one knows exactly why. The entire food chain has been destroyed. The shrinking lake is turning saltier, too saline for brine shrimp and insects. Thus migratory birds have stopped coming.
Scientists would like to find the cause behind but are hindered by the state… Indeed, they believe area ranches and a state-funded fish restoration project may be responsible. So now, scientists fear that Lake Abert will completely dry up without anyone helping.
Lake Abert and its region is situated so off the radar. It’s on a road that leads to nowhere. It’s forgotten and no one goes past this place. So agencies haven’t put it on the map. And don’t want to understand why it is drying out!