Armenia’s largest water reservoir, Sevan, is definitely adored by the Armenian people. Yet it has always been subject to the needs of infrastructure. It has been rising since 2002, leaving hundreds of acres of land and construction beneath itself. Its water level has risen by more than four meters throughout ten years. Its beauty has become fearsome and dangerous.
Sevan is captive, and its rise is a desperate move.
Despite objections from environmentalists, in 2012 Armenian officials increased the annual volume of water taken from Sevan from 170 to 320 million cubic meters to prevent a drought in the agriculturally important Ararat Valley.