Relict lake in East Kazakhstan region can disappear because of dacha array

Social activists and environmentalists are sounding the alarm, but according to the law, the territory adjacent to the reservoir is considered private property. According to an odd logic, the inspection structures are afraid to conduct inspections and impose penalties. Dangerous neighborhood is fraught with the fact that houses, farm buildings and baths are located directly on the shore. Sewage flows through the ground water into the lake and destroy the microflora.

Lake Shalkar is the third reservoir in the Sibinsky lakes system. Ulansky district started actively distributing land ten years ago. At that time, there was no law on recreational water zones and huts with containers were located right next to the water. During the season, up to four thousand people can be on the coast. In fact, this is the population of an average village. There is no sewer system in sight, the owners and guests use the usual pit toilets. Faeces are known to be among the most toxic substances. Any student will confirm that nitrates and nitrites disrupt the natural pH balance of the water. Some plants slow down in growth, others, on the contrary, rise by leaps and bounds. This imbalance can lead to the displacement of oxygen from the water, the destruction of fish and the death of the reservoir. To bring the lake back to life, you will need huge funds. Local summer residents - violators just have no such money to recover the Lake.

A similar situation occurred on the first Sibinsky Lake. This holiday village is tacitly referred to as "local Ruble". Wealthy citizens build their cottages here. The problems are still the same: the lack of normal sewerage and sewage runoff into the natural pool.

Now the activists intend to initiate the tests on troubled waters. The composition of the water will show how serious the damage was caused to the unique tourist sites of East Kazakhstan region. Ideally, human rights activists are ready to fight for the dacha infrastructure from the coast of the two Sibinsky lakes to be eliminated. In the best case, you can build a transshipment base in these places for tourist groups that make walking trips around the region.

Author: Dmitry Krukovich
Photo: Yermek Imangazinov