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Title: Aquatic Ecology Monitoring: Water quality, fish, fish catch, sanitation and disease vectors. Monitoring No. 9

Date Published: 2011
Author/s: National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, (NaFIRRI)
Data publication: October 2011
Funding Agency : Bujagali Energy Limited (BEL)
Copyright/patents/trade marks: NaFIRRI
Journal Publisher: National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, (NaFIRRI)
Affiliation: National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, (NaFIRRI)
Keywords: Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries, Sanitation, Water quality, Monitoring, Disease vector


The results reported on were from a monitoring survey No. 9 undertaken between 9 th and 12th September 2011 during construction period of the Bujagali Hydropower Project (BHPP). Two pre-construction, baseline surveys in April 2000 and April 2006 were conducted and so far, during construction phase of the project, eight monitoring surveys have been undertaken i.e. in September 2007, April 2008, April 2009, October 2009, April 2010, September 2010, April 2011 and the present one, in September 2011. Since 2009 biannual monitoring surveys have been conducted at an upstream and a downstream transect of the BHPP with emphasis on the following aspects:
water quality determinants, biology and ecology of fishes and food webs
fish stock and fish catch including economic aspects of catch and sanitation/vector studies (bilharzias and river blindness)

In addition to the above mentioned studies, a soil pH survey was undertaken on 15th October 2011 in the area behind the reservoir whose filling started a week earlier. The findings of pH status in the catchment of the dam are also contained in this report.