Fastest and Biggest Dam Removal in Finland!

The biggest & fastest dam removal in Finland

The Sierilä hydro power plant planned by the Kemijoki Ltd would have dammed and drowned the last free-flowing main channel of Kemijoki River in the Northern  Finland. The dam project was canceled thanks to the long struggle of the NGOs and local activists!

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Cartoon from 2017:

The era of dam building is over!

The Kemijoki River in Northern Finland was once maybe the best salmon river in Europe.

The river was dammed after the World War II, and no fish passages were built, so the local salmon population was lost.

Kemijoki Ltd has now 16 hydro power plants in the Kemijoki River. The company wants to build one more with no fish passages. The planned Sierilä dam would drown the last free-flowing part of the river’s main channel under the dam reservoir.

The fisheries authorities have started a legal process requiring the power stations to build fish passages across all dams and to restore breeding areas.

The big power companies, PVO Ltd and Kemijoki Ltd (the latter with it’s owners Fortum, UPM, Helen etc.) oppose this process fiercely.

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