Development Planning of Laguna De Bay—Philippines

by Robert H. Gedney, (F.ASCE), United Nations Sr. Tech. Advisor; Laguna Lake Development Authority, Manila, Philippines,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 12, Pg. 2367-2380

Document Type: Journal Paper


The lake is one of the largest in southeast Asia and is already in the path of urban expansion of Manila. At present, the lake is brackish and is being studied for transformation into a fresh water supply. Development planning includes water supply, flood control, fishery development, irrigation, and land reclamation. Water quality management is a key factor in the lake development planning. A coordinated effort is being made by the Philippine Government and its development arm, the Laguna Lake Development Authority, to undertake the necessary studies assisted by a broad array of international bilateral and multibilateral agencies. Major findings of studies already completed and a description of work underway are presented. The overall program is aimed at the earliest possible development of the lake resources.

Subject Headings: Lakes | Water reclamation | Land reclamation | Water quality | Quality control | Fresh water | Salt water | Floods | Asia | Philippines

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