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Blue Heart

The fight for Europe's last wild rivers.
Blue Heart

Blue Heart

The Balkan Peninsula is home to the last wild rivers in Europe. However, a deluge of more than 3,000 proposed hydropower developments threaten to destroy the culture and ecology of this forgotten region.

Blue Heart documents the battle for the largest undammed river in Europe, Albania’s Vjosa, the effort to save the endangered Balkan lynx in Macedonia, and the women of Kruščica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, spearheading a months-long, 24/7 protest to protect their community’s only source of drinking water.

Banner image – The Mratinje Dam on the Piva River in Montenegro. Completed in 1975, it is one of the highest dams in Europe, standing 720 feet.

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Emerald (she/her) is an outdoor writer, white- water and fly-fishing guide and community builder based in rural Idaho. Her work has appeared in The Flyfish Journal, DUN Magazine, OARS blog, Outdoor Research blog and more.

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