In 1990 a series of seven dams was started in the Goksu River basin in southeastern Turkey. The goal of the dams was to provide long-term hydroelectric power to the region. Landsat satellite data have been used by government officials and by others to study the growth and impact of the dams as the Goksu River is one of the few remaining free flowing rivers in Turkey and the presence of the dams has impacted the aquatic species and wildlife in the area.
The Gezende dam was completed in the early 1990's. The diminished downstream flow of the river significantly affected aquatic species.
The construction, in the early 2000's of the Ermenek dam project created a large reservoir that inundated previous fragile wildlife habitat.