DAL Lake
Dal Lake Project:
CEE Himalaya in partnership with Mridula Sarabhai Trust initiated Dal Lake III Project to create and increase awareness on issues of water pollution, waste management & appropriate disposal of garbage, health & hygiene issues, importance of the lake biodiversity among women in hamlets situated within the Dal lake.

Dal Lake has been shrinking in size and the quality of its water deteriorating fast due to multiple anthropogenic pressures on the fragile ecosystem of the lake. CEE is attempting towards its conservation through awareness and education programmes for different target groups including children, teachers, community and women since 2004.

Students and teachers from schools are made aware of Environmental Quality Monitoring (EQM) through eco-club activities. In spite of efforts, dumping solid waste into the Lake is a common phenomenon. The contaminated water thus leads into seasonal outbreak of water-borne diseases. To continue with awareness, focus of the programme remains on the waste management and health & sanitation targeting the women and community.

Door to door awareness campaign is done in interior hamlets. Department of Social & Preventive Medicine, Government Medical College, Sringar collaborated with CEE for conducting health camps. Physicians not only rendered the service for consultation to above 300 patients from interior Dal localities but also educated them on the spread of skin, gastrointestinal, communicable diseases and the need for hygiene and good food for keeping healthy. Most of the patients suffer from the communicable water-borne diseases, eye infections and skin ailments.

The awareness programme focuses on the segregation of household waste at source, using the biodegradable waste for composting. Community is informed about the hazardous garbage dumps turning into the breeding ground for the disease vectors & carriers. Awareness is created on the quantum of waste generated per house can be reduced by decreasing the pressure on waste collection and removal from the Lake. The 4 ‘Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ to decrease the domestic waste is emphasized. Hazards of using polythene carry bags are discussed. J&K State Pollution Control Board, and J&K Lakes and Waterways Development Authority provide technical support for the programme.
Contact:
CEE Himalaya,
Kanli Bagh, Baba Rishi Road,    Baramulla 193 101,
Jammu & Kashmir   
Tel: 01952-210440    ceehimalaya@ceeindia.org