Investigation of scenarios for the management and protection of the quality of the Plastiras Lake


Duration: May 2001–January 2002

Budget: 13 500 000 DRS (about €39 618)

Commissioned by:

  1. Prefectural Government of Karditsa
  2. Municipality of Karditsa

Contractor: Department of Water Resources, Hydraulic and Maritime Engineering

Project director: K. Hadjibiros

Principal investigator: D. Koutsoyiannis

To protect the Plastiras Lake, a high quality of the natural landscape and a satisfactory water quality must be ensured, the conflicting water uses and demands must be arranged and effective water management practices must be established. To this aim, the hydrology of the catchment is investigated, the geographical, meteorological and water power data are collected and processed, the water balance is studied and a stochastic model is constructed to support the study of alternative management scenarios. In addition, an analysis of the natural landscape is performed and the negative influences (e.g. dead tries) are determined and quantified using GIS. Furthermore, the water quality parameters are evaluated, the water quality state is assessed, the quantitative targets are determined, the pollution sources are identified and measures for the reduction of pollution are studied using a hydrodynamic model with emphasis on the nutrient status. Based on the results of these analyses, scenarios of safe water release are suggested.