Lake Urmia Crisis and Roadmap for Ecological Restoration of Lake Urmia :
United Nations Development Program, Iranian Department of Environment and Kalantari Commission
The area and volume of Lake Urmia, like all salt lakes, is balanced by the amount of inflowing water. For hundreds and perhaps thousands of years, the lake was in balance with its water supply from the watershed, but recent increases in agricultural, industrial and municipal water withdrawals have disturbed the balance and the lake is drying up....
Wurtsbaugh, Wayne A.; Marden, Brad; and Micklin, Philip, "Lake Urmia Crisis and Roadmap for Ecological Restoration of Lake Urmia :" (2014). Watershed Sciences Faculty Publications. Paper 596.