Austria's Green Lake Closes For Divers
As of 1 January 2016, diving in Austria's Green Lake is permanently prohibited, the local tourism office announced
An unique underwater scenario of sunken benches, footpaths and a visibilty of 50m had made the lake popular with divers and swimmers.
Following a busy dive season in 2015, the Tragöß-Grüner See tourism office announced the planned closure of the lake for all watersports activities in a statement on its Facebook page.
The organisation said that after the consultation of several expert opinions, the increasing amount of stirred up sediments by divers may result in the loss of the lake's name-giving green colour.
Swimming, boats and dogs will also be prohibited with the start of next year to limit the pollution of the lake.
Divers criticised the decision, suggesting that restrictions and dive permits could regulate the rush on Austria's popular tourism destination without banning diving altogether.