The water level of Lake Balaton is 12 centimetres below the ideal figures. If there is not enough rainfall in the next period, it will be a difficult summer for both the lake’s wildlife and holidaymakers. Going to the beach and renting a boat can also be at risk due to low water levels.
There is not enough rainfall
The precipitation in April has raised the water level of Lake Balaton by only 2 centimetres so far. At dawn on April 19, the water level in Siófok was 103 centimetres.
The water level of Lake Balaton is 12 centimetres lower than it should be.
Specialists are preparing for water drainage in May on the Sió Canal due to boat transport. The original operating water level of Lake Balaton was 100 centimetres. This was raised to 110 centimetres and then to 120 centimetres a few years ago.
From the point of view of water management, the operating water level is the determining factor, as it has a tolerance limit, writes index.hu. However, from an ecological point of view, natural water management is favourable. In this process, despite the low water levels, there is no deterioration in water quality. This is especially good for reeds and birds.
Due to less rainfall in the summer and high evaporation, it is important that the water level in the lake is not low.
This is less important for beachgoers, but it is of paramount importance for sailors. According to experts, the amount of precipitation in the area may increase in the coming period.
Gábor Veigl, the CEO of Balatoni Hajózási Zrt., offers many exciting programs to visitors of Lake Balaton. The so-called traditional Party and Magic Ship programs are being further developed. In addition, you can buy tickets for boats and ferries online from this season.
Changes in Balatonaliga
The Somogy County Government Office granted the environmental protection permit for the large-scale investment of Pro-Mot Hungária Kft. and Hellnarik Hospitality Kft. in Balatonaliga.
The Aligaliget project is transforming the former Club Aliga into a private luxury resort.
The government office ordered an environmental impact assessment in the autumn of 2021. The project was granted high economic importance by the state. Locals and non-governmental organisations fear that the shores of Lake Balaton and the lake have so far relied on the impact assessment, writes 444.hu. Civilians tried to show the irreversible damage the investment could cause with studies showing the dangers of the project.
The locals fear that the development will not only damage the wildlife but also leave the people living there with less access to the Hungarian sea.
Source: 444.hu, index.hu
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