The Aral Sea remains critically "mistreated" though there are efforts going on to try to improve conditions. The main efforts are being made to improve conditions in the northern part of the Aral Sea. The government of Kazakhstan, along with the World Bank, have built a dam that has succeeded in raising the level of the sea a great deal.
However, this work has not raised the sea to anything like its former levels and it has done nothing for the southern part of the sea. This means that the sea has still lost almost three quarters of its former surface area and a greater amount of its former volume of water. In addition, the Aral is heavily polluted and has excessively high salinity.