Scotland’s fastest-flowing river ‘devastated’ by hydro schemes

Hydro-electric schemes have had a “devastating impact” on a river dubbed the “fastest flowing in Scotland”, it has been claimed.

The 109-mile (175km) Spey – Scotland’s second longest river after the Tay – flows through the Highlands and Moray.

A Spey Fishery Board-commissioned study said too much water was being diverted away from the Spey for use in generating electricity.

It said water flow and levels on the river had dropped as a result.

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