The newest tenant to return to the Kishon River is the Blue Damselfly. This past spring Dr. Yaron Hershkowitz, of the Center for Aquatic Ecology at the Steinhardt Museum of Nature at Tel Aviv University, monitored the water quality of the river for the river authority. He pointed out that although adult blue damselflies were found in the area before this is the first time their larvae were found in the waters of the river. This shows the river’s water quality upstream is greatly improved.
Dr. Hershkowitz says that this species of the blue damselfly is unique to the eastern Mediterranean region and is classified ‘Red’ by the International Organization for Nature Conservation as a “red” meaning it is in danger of extinction. Hopefully this trend will be reversed now.
In addition another tenant has returned to the Kishon River’s waters, a shrimp like crab called Corophium. Again these live in river outlets where the water is clean. Sharon Nissim of the Kishon River Authority says these findings are very encouraging and show us our rehabilitation efforts are paying off.