Privacy Policy

It is Open Rivers Programme's policy to respect your privacy and comply with any applicable law and regulation regarding any personal information we may collect about you, including across our website,, and other sites we own and operate.

This policy is effective as of 20 September 2021 and was last updated on 20 September 2021.

Information We Collect

Information we collect includes both information you knowingly and actively provide us when using or participating in any of our services and promotions, and any information automatically sent by your devices in the course of accessing our products and services.

Log Data

When you visit our website, our servers may automatically log the standard data provided by your web browser. It may include your device’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, your browser type and version, the pages you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on each page, other details about your visit, and technical details that occur in conjunction with any errors you may encounter.

Please be aware that while this information may not be personally identifying by itself, it may be possible to combine it with other data to personally identify individual persons.

Collection and Use of Information

We may collect personal information from you when you do any of the following on our website:

  • Contact us via email, social media, or on any similar technologies
  • When you mention us on social media

We may collect, hold, use, and disclose information for the following purposes, and personal information will not be further processed in a manner that is incompatible with these purposes:

Please be aware that we may combine information we collect about you with general information or research data we receive from other trusted sources.

Security of Your Personal Information

When we collect and process personal information, and while we retain this information, we will protect it within commercially acceptable means to prevent loss and theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use, or modification.

Although we will do our best to protect the personal information you provide to us, we advise that no method of electronic transmission or storage is 100% secure, and no one can guarantee absolute data security. We will comply with laws applicable to us in respect of any data breach.

You are responsible for selecting any password and its overall security strength, ensuring the security of your own information within the bounds of our services.

How Long We Keep Your Personal Information

We keep your personal information only for as long as we need to. This time period may depend on what we are using your information for, in accordance with this privacy policy. If your personal information is no longer required, we will delete it or make it anonymous by removing all details that identify you.

However, if necessary, we may retain your personal information for our compliance with a legal, accounting, or reporting obligation or for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific, or historical research purposes or statistical purposes.

Children’s Privacy

We do not aim any of our products or services directly at children under the age of 13, and we do not collect personal information about children under 13.

If we receive personal information about you from a third party, we will protect it as set out in this privacy policy. If you are a third party providing personal information about somebody else, you represent and warrant that you have such person’s consent to provide the personal information to us.

If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time. We will provide you with the ability to unsubscribe from our email-database or opt out of communications. Please be aware we may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity.

If you believe that any information we hold about you is inaccurate, out of date, incomplete, irrelevant, or misleading, please contact us using the details provided in this privacy policy. We will take reasonable steps to correct any information found to be inaccurate, incomplete, misleading, or out of date.

If you believe that we have breached a relevant data protection law and wish to make a complaint, please contact us using the details below and provide us with full details of the alleged breach. We will promptly investigate your complaint and respond to you, in writing, setting out the outcome of our investigation and the steps we will take to deal with your complaint. You also have the right to contact a regulatory body or data protection authority in relation to your complaint.

Use of Cookies

We use “cookies” to collect information about you and your activity across our site. A cookie is a small piece of data that our website stores on your computer, and accesses each time you visit, so we can understand how you use our site. This helps us serve you content based on preferences you have specified.

Limits of Our Policy

Our website may link to external sites that are not operated by us. Please be aware that we have no control over the content and policies of those sites, and cannot accept responsibility or liability for their respective privacy practices.

Changes to This Policy

At our discretion, we may change our privacy policy to reflect updates to our organisation processes, current acceptable practices, or legislative or regulatory changes. If we decide to change this privacy policy, we will post the changes here at the same link by which you are accessing this privacy policy.

If required by law, we will get your permission or give you the opportunity to opt in to or opt out of, as applicable, any new uses of your personal information.

Contact Us

For any questions or concerns regarding your privacy, you may contact us using the following details:

Follow Us


Restoration of the ecological continuity of the Souvigne

This project aims to remove a weir on the Souvigne River that will in turn lead to the removal of seven others.


The Souvigne River flows from Saint-Paul to Argentat-sur-Dordogne along a north/south axis for almost 18 km. The watershed has a surface area of 111 km². The Souvigne River is of major ecological importance, and it is therefore essential to carry out an operation to restore ecological continuity.

In addition, the right bank of the Souvigne is last major tributary of the Dordogne before the Sablier dam. This last dam, which is artificially impassable, is the limit for the upstream migration of large salmonids on the Dordogne. According to a study by ECOGEA for MIGADO, the Souvigne hosted 8.4% of the spawning grounds for large salmonids in the Dordogne basin in 2018. According to the above-mentioned study, “particular attention should be given to the Souvigne, in terms of fish circulation “.

The Dordogne basin has been classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO since 11 July 2012, making this territory a place of learning about sustainable development, where innovative approaches combining biodiversity conservation, cultural enhancement and economic and social development are being tested.

The project registered by the Syndicat Mixte de la Dordogne Moyenne et de la Cère Aval (SMDMCA) on the Souvigne concerns the “Moulin Bas” weir. The latter is located about 100 meters from the confluence with the Dordogne. It is an old mill weir that is no longer of any use. In the 1990s this weir was equipped with a fish pass which is no longer functional and is therefore subject to compulsory compliance and restoration of ecological continuity by its owners.

Project context and opportunity

On 1 January 2020, the SMDMCA was created and the Xaintrie Val’Dordogne community of communes joined. The Syndicate therefore now has the following competence: management of aquatic environments and flood prevention on this territory and therefore on the Souvigne watershed.

In 2021, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and the Adour Garonne Water Agency are launching a joint call for projects to restore the ecological continuity of the region’s rivers. The Syndicat, aware that this problem is present on the Souvigne, naturally registered, with the agreement of the owners, the 7 blocking obstacles listed on this river. The Syndicat’s proposal was accepted for the 7 structures, including the “Moulin bas” weir, where a removal action was planned.

Unfortunately, the update of the French Climate Law intervenes and prohibits the financing of the removal of mill weirs in list 2 with public funds. The Region therefore decided to remove the Moulin Bas weir from the project (the 6 other obstacles were not mill weirs).

The Moulin Bas weir is the first obstacle encountered on the Souvigne and it is imperative to treat this black spot to justify the efforts made on the 6 other obstacles located upstream from it.

The owners of the mill, who are willing and in agreement with a removal action, are reassured that the studies for the restoration of the site will be taken care of externally.

This action is part of the future multi-year management plan led by the SMDMCA on the Souvigne, which consists of improving the quality of the environment by restoring wetlands, restoring ecological and sedimentary continuity, protecting the banks, managing the riparian zone, etc.

At a glance

Location Communes of Argentat-sur-Dordogne and Monceaux-sur-Dordogne in the Corrèze départment
Country France
River Souvigne
Km to be opened 15
Target species Brown trout, Atlantic salmon, European eel
Project status Ongoing

Project aims

The SMDMCA’s intention is to restore ecological continuity on the 7 obstacles present on the Souvigne and therefore to open up the whole of the openable linear section (up to the presence of a natural weir), that is 83% of the linear section (15 km) on the Souvigne River. Taking into account the tributaries of the Souvigne, nearly 25 linear km will be reopened. These restorations have the objective of :

  • Facilitating access to an ideal breeding area for large salmonids
  • Reducing river fragmentation
  • Restoring the hydromorphological functioning of the Souvigne
  • Improving water quality

Project partners

Latest news updates