'Room for the River' Deventer

In recent centuries, rivers in the Netherlands have been given less space. Due to increasing amounts of rainwater and melting water, rivers have to process more and more water. High water levels and floods are the result. Extremely high river discharges in 1993 and 1995 were the main stimulus for the Dutch government to develop and implement an extensive national plan entitled 'Room for the River'. The plan provides that rivers can absorb extreme amounts of water without flooding. Safe living and working in the river areas is thus guaranteed.

New concept of flood management

Under the 'Room for the River' plan, the major rivers in the Netherlands will have more room to cope with extreme amounts of water at more than 30 locations. Flood protection measures have been planned, designed and built in combination with improvements in the environmental quality of the river area.

Witteveen+Bos has been involved in 12 of these projects since 2006. The project in nature reservation Avelingen involved the implementation of a new secondary canal in the floodplains.  Extra discharge capacity was combined with the development of new port facilities. During this period we offered a full range of services for the Avelingen project. Starting with MEB in 2009 up to and including the supervision of the works in 2014.

Witteveen+Bos provided the following services: plan development, environmental impact assessment, engineering and design, permit and procedures, tender documents and supervision of works.

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