Damming of Røsvatnet Lake in Nordland County. Changes in ecology and implications for local communities.

The damming up of Røsvatnet Lake undoubtedly brought about a number of adverse effects for biodiversity, the landscape, traditional industries, recreation and cultural heritage. Changes in the ecological basis of the lake were entirely of human origin. Erosion, stagnant water, forest destruction and decimation of fish stocks were direct consequences of the dam, which was part of the government's efforts to modernize the country after World War II. Residents around Røsvatnet Lake experienced modernization largely negatively and it was difficult for informants to point to significant progress in the wake of the procedure. Roads, electricity and machining technology would have come anyway, even if they had been subject to delay. A lot of extra effort without financial compensation had to be carried out to save material assets in 1957, as a result of the forced damming up. It appears as not only one of the largest in northern Europe, but also as one of the very worst. Like the large hydropower regulations in settled areas elsewhere in Europe, the official view was that one had to accept deterioration to achieve improvements.