Reinforcement plans announced for four dike sections

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An important new step has been taken in the process of developing dike reinforcement plans for Belfeld, Heel, Nieuw Bergen and Kessel in the Dutch province of Limburg. It is now known for these sections where the enforced dike will be positioned, and what type of dike it will be.

In addition, it has become apparent that the preferred course of action for the Kessel section is to leave the dike outside the scope of the Water Act. Over the coming period this process will be further elaborated in close collaboration with other public bodies and residents.

Decision made in collaboration with local stakeholders

In the autumn of 2017 the Limburg Water Board discussed the proposals for the four dike sections with local residents during a number of information evenings. Rein Dupont, member of the Water Board’s daily management: ‘Our plans will have an enormous impact on the surrounding area. I have noticed that local stakeholders are closely involved, and we have received valuable feedback on our plans. We can only make the right choices if we work together.’ The Steering Committee for the Northern Meuse Valley previously indicated that they preferred these dike sections from an administrative point of view. Today the Limburg Water Board’s daily management established the preferred alternatives. The decision for Nieuw Bergen has not yet been finalised, as the preferred alternative will not be discussed by the municipal council until 7 February 2018.

Flood protection and spatial quality

During the execution of the flood protection programme in the province of Limburg, flood protection and improvement of spatial quality go hand in hand. The Water Board not only wants to protect the province against flooding, but also aims to integrate the dikes into the landscape properly. ‘Over the coming years we will be working hard in the Northern Meuse Valley, and we aim to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the dike works’, says Rein Dupont. For all dike sections, the Limburg Water Board will make decisions that will enhance the qualities of the region. The Water Board has commissioned the consortium of Arcadis/Witteveen+Bos to offer support.