Since 2017, a chick hatchery project has been planned in the Kuhbach floodplain near Saverne. According to Pascal Irlinger, a member of the opponents’ collective, this future facility, covering an area of several hectares, threatens many protected species and risks further degrading the quality of water on earth.
In October 2017, Couvoirs de l’Est issued the first building permit for a project in the Kubach area, near Saverne, between Schwenheim and Marmoutier. This company specializes in the production of day old chicks. In September 2020, work in the area began but came to an abrupt halt despite the first land payments.
According to a September 27, 2021 DNA article, the hatchery project matured in the mind of promoter Joseph Scherbeck, so a new permit was filed on July 26, 2021, four years after the first. The new permit concerns four plots “with a total area of 48,152 m2. In response to the resumption of the construction project, Pascal Irlinger, a resident of Schwenheim, took over the organization of the Kuchbach Wetland Conservation Collective, formed in 2017:
“We are asking for this project to be canceled because the chosen location is ecocidal. This project will result in the destruction of nesting sites for endangered bird species such as crested lapwings, feeding grounds and migratory stopovers for protected species such as storks, egrets or egrets, as well as the deterioration of water quality in Kuhbaha and the artificial development of more than one hectares of wet meadows. »