Pollution Problem of Kilicozu Creek (Kirsehir)

Omer Eyuboglu


Kirsehir Kilicozu Creek originates from the northern slope of Baran Mountain and runs to the north first and then makes a wide bow towards the south and passes Cogun, Kirsehir and Guzler and joins Kizilirmak. It length is approximately 80 km and is known as Arasozu up until Cogun. Kizilirmak is intertwined in the area between Cogun and Taka regions and receives Igdelioz and Salgosteren at the west and receives Bas Creek at the east. Kirsehir-Kilicozu Creek is used for irrigation mainly. Cogun Dam was built on the Creek in the second half of 1960s by State Hydraulic Works with intense works. İgdeli, Kilicozu and Guzler irrigation regulators were built on the Creek. The water regime of the Creek is irregular. Its water is reduced during the arid summer months considerably. It floods in winter and spring months after torrential rains. The Creek surged and flooded because of heavy rains and melting snow on January 23-24, 1966 and the agricultural areas in the valley floor remained under water and 41 buildings in Kirsehir were severely damaged.

Key Words: Kilicozu Creek, environmental pollution, science education

DOI: 10.7176/JSTR/5-2-42

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