Lake Buhi

May 18, 2011

Lake Buhi is a lake base in Buhi, Camarines Sur, Philippines. It has an area of 18 sq. km & has an average depth of 8 meters. The lake lays in the valley formed by 2 ancient vents, Mt. Asog and Mt. Malinao. It was made in 1641, when an earthquake caused a side of Mt. Asog to collapse. The leaving landslide made a natural dam that closed the flow of nearby streams. Another theory suggests that it was made by the eruption of Mt. Asog which is now dormant. The lake is famous since it is one of the few bodies of water that holds the sinarapan which is the world’s smallest commercially-harvested fish. Aside from the sinarapan, Lake Buhi is likewise home for other aquatic organisms such as the Irin-irin, Dalag, Puyo, Kotnag, Burirawan & native catfish. Other fishes are presented to boost the fishery industry such as the Nile Tilapia, Mozambique Tilapia, Common Carp and Bangkok Hito.

The woods close the Lake is the home of at least 25 bird species. The five native species are the Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker, Philippine Hanging Parrot, Black-naped Monarch, Elegant Tit and the White-eared Brown Dove. Other fauna found in the forest are flying lizards, skinks, monitor lizards, civet cats, bats and the Philippine Cynomolgus monkey. Today the lake is the main source of water supply for the National Power Corporation Hydro Electric Plant. The power plant, which was founded in 1952, generates an average of 2.8 megawatts. It is likewise used by the National Irrigation Administration to irrigate at least 100 sq. kilometers of the Riconada towns based downstream and Iriga City.

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