First weir removed on the Tardoire River in France

February 20, 2023

In Champagnac-la-rivière, France, the “Les Planches” weir on the River Tardoire has been removed! The work started in December and was completed at the beginning of January. The removal of the weir has reconnected 10,5 km of river.

The removal of the Planches weir is the first of four removals on the Tardoire. On 14 February, project partner, SYMBA, started work on the second weir, “Site de Raux”. The two other removals should be completed in the summer of 2023. Removing all four weirs will open up 24 km of river. The main objective is to recreate a dynamic river, aquatic habitats favourable to the life and migration of the Tardoire fish species (trout, eels), better water quality and natural sediment transport.

These works have been possible with the Open Rivers Programme’s financial support and cooperation between ERN (European Rivers Network) and SYMBA (Syndicat Mixte des Bassins Bandiat-Tardoire). Find out more about this project here.

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