Monitoring Lake Kinneret and Its Watershed: Forming the Basis for Management of a Water Supply Lake

  • D. Markel
  • U Shamir


Lake Kinneret is the only large water surface source in Israel, with an area of 167 km2 in a watershed of 2730 km2, and supplies some 30% of the country’s freshwater. Monitoring water quantities and qualities in the lake and its watershed provides the basis for current operation and for decision making in planning management of the watershed, the lake, and proposed engineering projects. This chapter describes the physical setting, the management issues, the structure of the monitoring system and the way in which it has been operated and developed, mainly in the last 3 years. The Monitoring Task Force, set up by the Water Commissioner in 1998, coordinates the monitoring work of all organizations and guides improvements of the monitoring system, by introducing new sampling and analysis techniques.


Water Quality Lake Level Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen Water Research Institute Monitoring Lake 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Markel
    • 1
  • U Shamir
    • 2
  1. 1.Water Commission, Ministry of National InfrastructureKinneret Lake Watershed Monitoring Task ForceUpper Galilee MallIsrael
  2. 2.Water Research Institute, TechnionKinneret Lake Watershed Monitoring Task ForceHaifaIsrael

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