Thousands of dead fish washed up on shore in Istanbul's suburban Küçükçekmece Lake, which has happened before, but never as bad as on June 28. Locals think that the mass deaths are caused by waste from nearby factories.
Turkey's government agencies are violating shorelines law by building holiday resorts on the banks of southeastern Van Lake, a local environmental activist said. Law mandates that beaches and shorelines are used for the public good, with the natural character of the site in mind.
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş said that Istanbul residents received dirty water from the capital for three years under the previous administration from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Yavaş said that the AKP municipality had diverted funds from necessary work by spending instead on unwise investments.
Air pollution in Istanbul increased by some 38 percent since the start of the "normalization" process on June 1. Air pollution had dropped significantly during the COVID-19 isolation when a nearby mountain peak became visible, providing rare views.
An Istanbul diver recorded underwater footage in the Bosphorus that revealed masks and gloves, used recently for COVID-19 prevention. The diver said that he hasn't noticed a change in the amount of solid waste in the Bosphorus during the COVID-19 isolation period.
Turkey’s Environment and Urbanization Ministry approved the construction of a second cyanide pool in the northwestern province of Eskişehir despite protests from the local community. Locals are concerned that the construction of the pool will destroy the local ecosystem and pollute their water reserves.