Further studies on the water needs in the Tescou Valley and the principle of a reservoir on the river were decided on Monday by the various protagonists of this dossier marked almost five years ago by the death of Rémi Fraisse and the abandonment of the Sivens dam (Tarn).
The resolution was adopted by consensus at a meeting in Lisle-sur-Tarn of the Co-construction Instance (ICC) which brings together 51 people – local elected representatives, environmental associations and farmers – to find a solution to the problems of climate change. raised by farmers in the Tescou Valley.
The site chosen in 2012 for a dam had provoked an outcry of environmentalists, opposed in particular to the destruction of a wetland, and led to the occupation of the site of Sivens by zadistes.
In October 2014, during a demonstration on the “zone to defend” (ZAD), Rémi Fraisse, a 21-year-old militant, had succumbed to the explosion of an offensive grenade fired by a policeman. The dam project was later abandoned.
The resolution adopted Monday provides for the continuation of studies on water needs, demanded by environmental associations and will be conducted by the Water Agency within one to two months maximum.
The water requirements presented until then were disputed by the associations that considered them oversized.
The ICC also approved, by consensus, “the scheme of the organization of the water resource” in this valley. Three complementary axes, one of which concerns the creation of a reservoir on the Tescou high-basin, are listed.
– “Historical” decision –
The reservoir, built upstream of the site where the Sivens dam was to be built, is planned for a capacity “up to 1 million cubic meters available”, depending on the technical and construction feasibility.
“The creation of the reservoir is recorded, we are above Sivens, we do not touch this rehabilitated area”, after the abandonment of the dam disputed by environmentalists and zadistes, told AFP the mayor of Salvetat-Belmontet, co-president of the CCI, Bernard Pezous.
A second axis focuses on “optimization” of another reservoir upstream of Tescou, 900,000 m3, according to Bernard Pezous.
Finally, the ICC has adopted the “pooling” of water resources contained in individual hill reservoirs. These deductions are 220 in number, according to Claude Forgeot, Collectif Testet. They were built by farmers and financed by the state.
Many actors welcomed the consensus reached on Monday.
“We were not sure this morning” to get it, commented after the meeting the mayor of Lisle-sur-Tarn, Marylin Lherm, co-president of the ICC. The decision adopted today, “we consider it historic”, she told an AFP correspondent.
“I am very satisfied with the outcome of this meeting which was crucial” and for which reaching a consensus “was not won,” said his side, Christian Pince, Lisle environment association.
“We reached a consensus in the sense that we did not close the solutions as long as we did not study the needs,” he said.
“We are in the spirit of a co-construction,” said Didier Houlès, vice-chairman of the departmental council of Tarn, in charge of agriculture.
“This territory has been a tragedy, we are building a solution in a peaceful climate and in peace,” he added.