In the storage area of the power plant, there are large open areas and the bird sanctuary (Lower Inn European Nature Reserve).
The power plant does not yet have a fish bypass, but this should change by 2019. As part of the power plant’s modernisation, a bypass channel for the fish in the Inn is also to be constructed. The fish bypass will be carried out on a ramp, which will be heaped up against the Eringer dam, and will have the typical character of a flowing watercourse. It should reach a length of 2.6 km. It will also overcome a height difference of 10 metres.
At the same time as the fish bypass is set up, the dam root will also be structured. Floodplain habitats typical of the Inn, with an island side arm system, flat banks and old course structures, are in focus. The aim is to create more spawning grounds for fish and habitats for juvenile fish.
The ecological upgrade of stream landscapes with a green infrastructure is creating healthier ecosystems with greater species diversity and new habitats for these species. These four stream landscapes are the Große Kößlbach, the confluence of the Saagbach with the Danube, the Simbach and the polder area of the Weitbach and the Westerndorfer Graben. This project is funded by the European Region under the INTERREG V-A Programme Austria – Bavaria 2014 – 2020