the worrying drought around Lake Sainte-Croix



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In the Gorges du Verdon, the level of Lake Sainte-Croix is ​​at its lowest. He fell six meters, compared to last year. Report on the spot.

This summer, will holidaymakers be able to enjoy Lake Sainte-Croix, in the heart of the Gorges du Verdon (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Var)? The water level has dropped in recent weeks, and tourists are already having to restrict their pedalo rides. Paddle boarding is also limited. With a lack of snow during the winter and very limited rains in the spring, the level of the lake has dropped by almost six meters compared to last summer.

If it continues to go down, in July and August we will have to have a lot of people on a part of the gorges which is quite small. And I don’t even know if decisions will be made [pour] restrict people in the gorges, or restrict access to the gorges“, worries Damien Depys, head of the Etoile nautical base. Tourism professionals are worried. Every year, a million people visit the Gorges du Verdon.

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