News agency: Clashes end over shrinking Iran lake

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Posted: Sep 04, 2011 9:45 AM
News agency: Clashes end over shrinking Iran lake

An Iranian news agency says protests over the fate of a shrinking lake have ended with no casualties.

The semiofficial Mehr news agency said residents clashed with police over the popular Oroumieh lake, which has been disappearing because of drought, irrigation and dams on the rivers that feed it.

The news agency said Sunday the protests ended Saturday night. It was the second round of clashes in a week between police and residents complaining not enough is being done to save the lake.

The lake is about 370 miles (600 kilometers) northwest of Tehran. Environmentalists have been warning for years that the lake is threatened. Experts say it could disappear in just a few years.

Last month lawmakers rejected a plan for quick review of the situation of the lake.