SEVERAL years ago, the Hereford Times published an article setting out a viable plan to produce electricity using small turbines on the sites of the many old watermills that villages used to have along the Wye and its tributaries, including Mordiford Mill and the Mill Race near Ross.

There are quite a few dams in the Elan Valley that could produce hydro electricity. Scotland and Norway have them.


Profits from producing hydroelectricity using the Wye’s water could be used to clean up some of the pollution.

I went to Ross, recently, for a walk by the river to see a sort of sludge waving, in the sluggish current from the bed of the river.

The water was so murky, and there was not a fish to be seen.

Ann Stoakes



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