Much Heat and Little Water
At temperatures above 30° C, the project team of "Information Platform for the Restoration of Rivers" went on a tour through Germany to document restoration projects on rivers. Due to the low water levels in 2018, the hydromorphological conditions of the water bodies, that were of particular interest to the project team, were clearly visible. Nevertheless, the group was able to enjoy some time to cool down, which was a welcome change from their routine at the hot office indoors.
The project team was warmly welcomed and taken care of on-site by the restoration project coordinators. Thanks to numerous discussions and interviews, the excursion weeks were a very informative experience.
Ten watercourses were visited between April and October 2018
- Ahr (Rhineland-Palatinate): Renaturation of the Ahr estuary area
- Fulda (Hessen): Renaturation in the Bebra, Rotenburg and Alheim areas
- Hase (Lower Saxony): Revitalisation of alluvial zones on the main course, watercourse development on tributaries
- Helme (Thuringia): flood protection and renaturation of the Helme near Nordhausen
- Inn (Bavaria): Revitalisation of the Inn river bank and tributaries
- Murg (Baden-Württemberg): Flood protection and ecology project Murg Rastatt
- Nebel (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern): Ecological restoration of the Nebel
- Ruhr (North Rhine-Westphalia): Renaturation of the Ruhr at Arnsberg
- Wern (Bavaria): Ecological expansion at Geldersheim
- Wümme (Lower Saxony): Renaturation of the Wümme lowlands near Fischerhude
Project cases to be presented on the information platform for the Restoration of rivers
The ten renaturation projects were selected as cases from a total of 192 projects examples. They will be presented on the "Information Platform for the Restoration of Rivers", which will be launched in 2019 at www.umweltbundesamt.de.
The aim of the information platform is to inform potential coordinators of river restoration projects and to motivate them to follow suit. The platform is developed for the German Federal Environment Agency by a project consortium consisting of Ecologic Institute, Planungsbüro Zumbroich, Institut für Gewässerökologie und Fischereibiologie Jena and Medieningenieurbüro Manntau.