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It has been more than 10 years since Alain Forsan, president of the French federation of windmill safeguard associations fights, with other owners of mills, to defend this heritage. A European directive requires work to be carried out to improve water quality and the circulation of migrating fish.
The owners of the mills are skeptical, especially since many will not be able to afford this work. According to Alain Forsan, the possible compromise would be to apply the law quite simply.
The law says that mills must be equipped and maintained, but Alain Forsan believes that there is, however, an inequality of citizens before the law, because the water agencies act differently depending on the basins, and there is no hardly any help for people who want to get in order to facilitate the passage of migrating fish. “Very often, we see that the fish are still present”, he said.
“A fish is intelligent, adds Alain Forsan, when he arrives in front of a small threshold which is 2 meters long, he waits 15 days and as soon as the water rises, he passes “.
Today, there is an energy transition to manage, and the owners of the mills say they are ready to produce electricity. Everything is in place. Instead of putting the grinding wheel, just snap the belt on a generator to generate current. “Many are already doing it elsewhere, but the administration” annoys “us about the power of the mills, in particular on the quantity of water that a mill can use., adds Alain Forsan.
According to the president of the FFAM, there are decisions of the Council of State on this subject, but the administration does not want to apply them. “It is based on declarative statistics which date from the 19th century, and which are not exact”, he emphasizes.
“It’s a problem that really worries us, because a mill is so beautiful”, Alain Forsan is moved. There is not a village in France which does not have its street or its way to the mill. The word ‘mill’ has been in the French language for a long time, it means a lot of things, we talk about it very often, and I think that we must preserve this heritage which was industrial in the past.
Today, he is asleep, but we have to give him a new life, knowing that a threshold on a river improves biodiversity, whatever the administration says, and that’s where we are not. Okay. Whenever we provide scientific arguments, proven by international publications, we are denied them. ”