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The return of Sapote Lagoon

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Posted: Monday, June 8, 2020. 6:54 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A resident of San Narciso Village, Corozal District, has confirmed that after a year of being completely dry, the Sapote Lagoon outside the village has been filled again.

Cane farmer and a standing member of various committees in the Belize Cane Farmers Association, Javier Keme, said the rains from Tropical Storms, Amanda, and Cristobal restored the lagoon, which had gone dry for the first time in a generation. Keme told BBN that the lagoon had not run dry for some 70 years.

According to news reports last year, the lagoon which is known for good swimming and fishing waters became parched land, driving away all the birds, fish, and even the crocodiles.

Village Chairman Elvis Correa told Channel 7 News last year that village elders said they haven’t seen the lagoon that dry since the 1950s, but area resident Severio Marin, who holds degrees in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Science said that per National Meteorological Service records, the area had not seen such a drought since 1974-1975.

All of the North and other parts of the country recorded drought that continues into this year, but recent rains, while hampering the sugar crop, blessed others.

Hydrologist, Rudolph Williams said at the time that the drought is likely a hydrological drought where aquifers that feed the lagoon are at low levels.

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