Lago di Lei
Lago di Lei is a reservoir
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 in the Valle di Lei. The lake
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 is almost entirely located in Italy
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, but the barrage was built on territory later assigned to Switzerland
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 (municipality of Innerferrera
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, Grisons). The dam is operated by Kraftwerke Hinterrhein.
The waters of the lake are among only a few of the waters in Italian territory which end up in the North Sea, being part of the Rhine's drainage basin. Other waters of Italy that don't flow to the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
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are found in the valley of Livigno, valley of Sesto/Sexten, val Pusteria (PustertTal) east of San Candido/Innichen, and most of the waters of the municipality of Tarvisio east of Sella Nevea.

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