JOURNAL OF ASIAN EARTH SCIENCES, vol.39, pp.62-75, 2010 (SCI-Expanded)
The Buyukmelen River is expected to be a water source that can supply the drinking water needs of Istanbul until 2040. The drinking and utility water needs of Istanbul are to transport water from the Buyukmelen River to Istanbul via pipeline and pump it into the Alibeykoy and Omerli reservoirs when their water levels drop. The Buyukmelen River is located in the province of Duzce in 170 km east of Istanbul and its water basin is approximately 2250 km(2). The Buyukmelen River flows muddy in the rainy season and into the Black Sea.