G.-F. Sargentis, and A. Christofides, The landscape, Investigation of scenarios for the management and protection of the quality of the Plastiras Lake, Report 4, 73 pages, Department of Water Resources, Hydraulic and Maritime Engineering – National Technical University of Athens, Athens, March 2002.
The level of Lake Plastira varies widely due to water release. Specifically, the level varies from 792 m, which is spill level, to 776 m, which is the lowest level. This variation affects the landscape to a high degree. In this report the aesthetics of the landscape of Lake Plastira is examined, focusing on the effects of level variation. The conclusion is that for levels around 786 m or greater, there are minimal effects on the landscape and virtually everyone finds it wonderful. For lower levels, down to about 782 m, the landscape is significantly affected, mostly due to the dead zone revealed by the lowering of the level; most first or second-time visitors find it beautiful, but many inhabitants of the area and people who visit it regularly anticipate problems. For even lower levels, only visitors who do not come regularly may find the landscape satisfactory, and only in a few observation points. Apart from level variation, other problems of the landscape are discussed, namely those resulting from development. Such problems concern roads, boats, buildings, signs, and light pollution, and it is concluded that the area must be protected. In addition, some preliminary suggestions are made concerning the creation of tourist attractions and infrastructure which should fit the character of the area.