In order to save their magnificent Lac de Chalain, Jura is closing a huge camp

In order to save their magnificent Lac de Chalain, Jura is closing a huge camp

With its turquoise water and large sandy beaches, Lake Chalain, located east of Lons-le-Saulnier in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, attracts thousands of tourists every summer. The popularity that causes the loss of this body of water to the worrisome phenomenon of eutrophication. To stop the problem and allow the lake to recover, the County Council voted to close the 727-lot lakefront camp starting in 2023.

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The ax fell on Friday, October 7: the Lac de Chalain camp saw its last summer. The ward council unanimously voted its plan aimed at ending the agony of the water body, which has been plagued by worrying eutrophication for nearly a decade. This phenomenon occurs when a body of water receives too much phosphorus and nitrogen, which causes the proliferation of green algae that change the quality of the water. A disaster for wildlife and a swimming hazard.

This radical decision is accompanied by a plan to raise the level of the lake to the natural level of 488 m. As stated France 3 Burgundy-Franche-Comte, “some beaches left free for the high season will disappear or will be reduced”. The works will also be carried out in the wetland area, “lake lung”. Finally, the impact of farms located on the western shore of the lake will be studied to define their impact on site pollution.

Too drastic a decision?

While the idea of ​​giving the lake time and space to regenerate is good news in itself, the decision has been met with skepticism, even among environmentalists. Unsurprisingly, local traders have expressed concern over the shortage caused by the disappearance of thousands of tourists during the summer season. On the part of environmentalists, the radicalism of the decision casts doubt on the motivation of the Council of Ministers, France 3 reveals.

Indeed, not long before that, the latter carried out a completely different project for the lake, with radically opposite ecological consequences, recalls Vincent Dams, head of the Jura Nature Environment project.

“There were luxury lodges for fishing tourism, there were lodges at the base of the trees for niche tourism and the family crowd down there. This project is no longer there, but I have the impression that the department, which was rejected this project, is now leaving the socio-economic and ecological actors to fend for themselves with a brutal decision: ‘You didn’t want to accept my project, so now manage it.’ “he summarizes.

For its part, the association would prefer to maintain controlled family tourism rather than decide to close the camp completely, especially since another private camp will continue to receive 1,000 visitors a day on the other side of the lake…

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