Strada, die Innauen, Foto/Photo: TES.

The Innauen near Strada

In the Innauen near Strada (Islas da Strada in Romansh)  in the Lower Engadin, canton of Graubünden, pebbles have been dredged out of the Inn for decades and debris has been dumped into the river.

Dams have also been built. As a result, the course of the river has changed since 1950 and flora and fauna have deteriorated. From the 1990s onwards, industrial activities have stopped and dams were removed. As a result, the Inn is returning to its old course.

Because of the strongly varying amounts of water, from a wild river to a quiet mountain stream, a landscape with banks and swamps is created, a paradise for mammals, insects, birds, amphibians, flora.

Nature needed two decades, but then it is partially restored to its former state. In some cases even more diverse than it has ever been in this area.

Innauen means literally the waters of the Inn. ‘Aue’  originates from the Old German word ‘ouwa’ for water. The Romansh word is ‘aua’.