Reconstruction of the hedgerow on the Léguer basin

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The Léguer River catchment is one of the most hedged areas in Brittany. However, this territory has suffered a decline in its hedgerow mesh as a result of agricultural mechanization and land consolidation operations. Faced with the degradation of the Leguer's water quality observed in the 1990s, elected officials in the Leguer's watershed became aware of the need to preserve the hedgerow to stop this degradation, and to consider its restoration to improve water quality. Since 1999, the Leguer's watershed committee undertook awareness-raising of the watershed population, before experimenting with the restoration of hedges and embankments in several pilot basins. This work was then extended to the entire watershed, leading to the restoration of 300 kilometers of hedges and embankments. This action is still ongoing today, and aims in particular to ensure the sustainability of existing linear thanks to urban planning tools and the promotion of hedged farmland.
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The Leguer is a coastal river of the Côtes d'Armor that flows into the Bay of Lannion, and whose basin has a historically dense hedgerow mesh. Hedges and embankments are distributed heterogeneously throughout the watershed and are threatened in several sectors by changes in maintenance practices and the gradual disappearance of certain linear areas. In Bretagne, 80% of drinking water comes from surface water pumping, which makes this resource fragile and sensitive to diffuse or point pollution. Several water intake points were closed in the mid-1990s due to significant water quality degradation. Due to the positive influence that hedgerow can have on the quality of surface water, policies for the preservation and restoration of hedgerow have emerged in BrIttany.
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FRG-La Loire, les cours d'eau côtiers vendéens et bretons
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