Map: The Kerio delta is a one hour drive from the TBI Turkwel facility.
We visited the Kerio Delta a few days ago to get a first glimpse of the complex freshwater ecology and dynamics that affect the deltas of Lake Turkana. We were hosted by a group of local fishermen whose boats we used to travel into the mouth of the Kerio Delta.
One of the issues facing the Kerio Delta, and Lake Turkana in general, is that of changing water levels. There is natural fluctuation that occurs seasonally with rains in the Ethiopian and North-western highlands of Kenya. However, with developments occurring along the Omo River, which supplies around 90 % of the water in Lake Turkana, this is a very serious issue for the lake, it’s ecology and people. At present (January 2015) the lake is at a high stand, partly due to the higher-than-average rains experienced in East Africa’s highlands over the past few years. This has brought about some changes in the Kerio Delta.