Determination of land pollutants carried into the Mediterranean coastal zone by the Duden River, Antalya

Erdem A., Topkaya B.

FRESENIUS ENVIRONMENTAL BULLETIN, vol.13, no.11B, pp.1339-1343, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 11B
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1339-1343
  • Keywords: Antalya, Duden River, land-based pollution
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


The Mediterranean coastal zone of Turkey and, mainly the province Antalya, is the most important region of tourism activities in Turkey. Wastewater produced in touristic facilities and residential areas along the coastal zone is controlled by extended sewage systems, which include treatment plants. It is achieved that no untreated wastewater flows into the sea environment. But it is rather difficult to control the pollutants coming from catchment areas, which are carried to the sea by the rivers. An example of such a pollution carrier is the Duden River, which flows in the Lara Region of Antalya Bay. The Lara Region is one of the most important touristic places of Antalya, and has faced incentive urbanization especially in the last ten years. Incomplete infrastructure is an important problem of the region. In this study, the water quality of the Duden River was examined and the results were compared with the relevant Turkish and EU Directives.