Fribourg lakes to be out of bounds as army airlifts water to mountain pastures
Boating, fishing and swimming have been temporarily banned at two lakes in the canton of Fribourg as the army takes water from the lakes to deliver to cattle in mountain pastures.
Restrictions have been imposed on Lake Gruyère and Lake Montsalvens for ‘obvious’ security reasons, according to cantonal authorities.
The army is airlifting water from the lakes to cows high up on summer pastures, where farmers have been struggling to provide enough water for their cattle to survive during the heatwave and continuing lack of rain. The water airlift, requested by the canton, could last for up to three weeks.
The ban on recreational use of the two lakes will last as long as the airlift continues.