State construction 'pulled back water levels in Turkey's Maldives'
The construction of a People's Garden and irregular watering dams around Lake Salda, often dubbed "Turkey's Maldives," have caused water levels to recede as far back as 50 meters in certain spots, Salda Protection Association reported on July 24.
Construction and illegal watering practices around Lake Salda, often called "Turkey's Maldives," have caused water levels to recede as much as 50 meters, Salda Protection Association reported on July 24.
"Watering dams and incorrect agricultural practices around Lake Salda have caused the lake and streams to dry up, shrinking endemic species' habitats," the organization said.
An intense presence of visitors has caused the local geographical structures to deteriorate and become muddy, the association added.
Formerly known for its white sand and turquoise waters, the lake became the site of a People's Garden construction that built public facilities and a parking lot in the area, encouraging more and more visitors to come.