The area designated for water is like confiscation

Posted on 16.05.2023

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I attended, as a citizen of our municipality, Sals (Gruyere), on the 2nd of May, at the Municipal Assembly. Miscellaneous, the issue of (routed) streams shook the audience. In fact, the guardian has developed the problem as a whole.

As a result, the new water protection law poses serious problems for landowners (cf. ERE, Area for Water, editor’s note). The official case of St. Joseph’s House is an extreme example. This municipally owned building was built some seventy years ago on a plot of land with two ancient creeks.

Recently, the municipal council discovered with astonishment that this building is practically condemned by this ridiculous situation. This is the case for many other cases of the four villages in our rural community.

I understand that we must avoid harming our precious nature. However, in my humble opinion, it is inconceivable that such a draconian law be enforced without any consideration on the part of our federal authorities. How can such abnormal arrangements be made?

I hope that all our stakeholders will unite to intervene to mitigate the strict application of this law. At worst, it may be appropriate to intervene with the courts.

For my part, I think this measure amounts to a kind of legal “expropriation”. The union must financially compensate the disproportionate losses of the owners. Let’s be optimistic and keep hope for the future.

Marius Magnin,


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