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Swans glide peacefully over green river waters in the central Croatian area of Karlovac, a tranquil spot popular with fishermen and swimmers that environmentalists fear could be devastated by hydropower projects. Croatia faces a dilemma as it produces no more than 75 percent of the electricity it needs for its 4.3 million people each year, half of which comes from its dense network of rivers.In Croatia, the situation is most critical in Karlovac, known as the "town on four rivers" – one of which has already been damaged by hydropower.Barely a year later, authorities named a special team to deal with the plant's damage after it flooded a 13-kilometer stretch of one of Croatia's most beautiful canyons.The town of Ozalj in central Croatia, for example, gets less than 10,000 euros ($10,500) annually as compensation from a plant on the Kupa river.
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