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The Risk of Being Dangerously Shallow

Baliís Mount Batur Water Depth Decreases from 200 to 80 Meters Due to Erosion and Soil Excavation

(1/24/2014) Poor development planning and control in the regency of Bangli is wreaking significant environmental damage on an area that includes the picturesque Mount Batur Geopark.

A number of verdant hills in Bangli are being hauled away and sold as landfill for road and construction projects to feed the frenzied pace of developments across Bali.

DenPost reports that Bangli’s Environmental Agency (BLH) is concerned the regency’s iconic Lake Batur is being silted into oblivion. Batur Lake’s depth is now measured at only 80 meters, substantially shallower that its former depth estimated depth of 200 meters.

The chief of BLG-Bangli, Gusti Laksana, said the disturbingly shallow measure of the lake’s depth is included in data provided by environmental experts drawn from universities across Indonesia.

Those experts blame the silting of Lake Batur on soil and sand from landslides and soil excavation sites. The shallow lake is also resulting is rising shorelines placing once-fertile farming plots under water.

The academic experts analyzing the lake’s condition say that in order restore the lake to its original depth a massive dredging project is required.

Claiming the regency’s financial resources are insufficient to undertake the large-scale dredging required, government officials are hoping new investment in a golf course in the area will provide a tax base capable of financing a restoration of the lake.

A restoration of the lake’s carrying capacity for water has even wider implications for the water supply of low-lying areas of Bali whose water supplies are fed in part by the lake.