The unexplained growth of Lago Enriquillo, the Caribbean’s biggest lake, is a strange phenomenon.
But local farmers from the town of Puerto Escondido, could have revealed the main reason behind
Unfortunately, the appearance of a stream of subsurface water which is flooding their farmland full of crops, and has driven them to the brink of despair.
Since the 1980s, the forests of the area of Puerto Escondido, some of which is part of the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park, have been leveled to make way for crops.
Also, a similar operation took place in the forests of the Sierra de Neyba National Park, north of Lago Enriquillo.
Sierra de Bahoruco National Park forms part of the Jaragua-Enriquillo-Bahoruco Biosphere Reserve, one of the planet’s most privileged classifications issued by UN-UNESCO.
The farmers spokesman Jose Altagracia listed damaged crops of beans, tomatoes and others from the spring and asked the various government agencies to look into the “phenomenon” because the water “is killing crops.”