IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii (2007)
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Area: 5,159 ha
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Site description (baseline)
One of the largest water reservoirs (waterworks facility) of the Irtysh-Karaganda channel, located in the steppe zone. The reservoir is largely circular and the coastline is virtually without indentations. The length is 10 km, maximum width – 3.5 km, total area – 1,790 ha, maximum depth – 11 m, average depth – about 4 m.
79 species of waterbirds were recorded during surveys in 2004-2005.
Non-bird biodiversity: 8 species of fish: Esox lucius, Rutilus rutilus, Tinca tinca, Abramis brama, Cyprinus carpio, Pungitius platygaster aralensis, Perca fluviatilis, Stizostedion lucioperca. There are 32 species of zooplankton, 49 of the zoo-benthos, 18 of phytoplankton and a large mass of algae. The most common algae species – Elodea - blankets the reservoir and causes deterioration in conditions for fish etc. Water fringe vegetation (reed) is poorly developed.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Irtysh-Karaganda Waterworks 10. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/20659 on 10/06/2023.