Water. The source of life, is a precious gift of Nature to all living beings, particularly the mankind. Variations in availability of water in time, quantity and quality can cause significant fluctuations in the economy of a country. Consequently the need for conservation, optimum utilization and management of this precious resource for the betterment of economic status of the country assumes paramount importance. Water is critical for human survival, economic and environment development. Clearly, the availability of good quality of water is central to economic progress and to maintain a natural environment that can help sustain such progress, yet in most parts of Karnataka water resources are not being maintained in an efficient and sustainable manner – a situation that cannot continue and need immediate attention for restoration and needs support from every one.
- Recognizing considerable growth in the fresh water conflicts both at local and global level, trans-boundary water management in the any river basin is important. Keeping this important issue, TRDC is trying to develop more and more small lakes to increase surface water bodies in many river basins in North Karnataka
- Small Lakes play a major role to mitigate the severity of drought and scarcity conditions in terms of getting assured crops as well act as source of drinking water for livestock and wildlife. Small lakes are the traditional sources of cheapest and easiest way of collecting and keeping rainfall runoff water for summer months. Over a period of years, Depletion and degradation of such water sources among farming community have gone virtually unnoticed.
- With the experience of implementing large lakes restoration projects, TRDC has started replicating the experience to help small farming community by restoring smaller lakes and wetlands on first order streams of Varada River basin in order to reduce flood and also to enhance the groundwater recharge to mitigate drought as part of community based climate change adaptation strategy. This activity is aimed at benefitting marginal farmers who are dependent only on rain fed farming We aim to Revive Kerekoppa Lake in Soraba Taluk, Shimoga District of Karnataka falling in survey number 36 with an area of 18.21 acres with a budget of Rs.16 lakhs.
Expected Short Term Impact of the lake revival
Enhanced surface water storage and groundwater recharge for irrigation to grow their food crop- paddy
Ground water recharge and flow of excess water into smaller tanks/lakes situated downstream.
Provides drinking water for wild animals and birds as the tank is located at the periphery of the forest or land with rich vegetation.
Water availability for the local population and their cattle through out the years
1) Name and location of the village: Kerekoppa, Tavanandi Panchayat, Soraba Taluk, Shimoga district, Karnataka
2) Lake area : 18.21 acres
3) People to be benefitted of the village : Around 1000-1200
4) Approximate cost of the revival program: Rs.16 lakhs
5) Tentative restoration time/duration: March /April - 40 days
Financial plan for the same:
1) Expected cash donation from private donor : Rs.750000
2) Expected cash donation to be raised by TRDC : Rs. 250000 ( we plan raise this money through MILAP)
3) Expected cash/kind contribution from community: Rs.600000
- Desilting at the lake site : Around 1450000 lakhs
- Administration cost : Around 100000
- Small Repair works : Around Rs.50000