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French dams to be torn down for fish and tourists

Two hydropower plants in Normandy will be discontinued after a long period of concerns about their impact on biodiversity.

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After eight years, French authorities have announced a plan to shut down two electricity-generating dams in Normandy, reports Euractiv.

The decision was made in response to concerns about local biodiversity surrounding the Vezins and 'La Roche qui boit' dams, where, for example, salmon's natural migration has been hindered by the structures. Meanwhile, soil masses have been able to flow freely, and a buildup of soil deposits behind the dams has prompted concerns about the environment.

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