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Insufficient nature values

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Decline in spatial quality

Decline in spatial quality due to a high number of civil constructions.

Traditionally, water safety has priority in Dutch waterways; the waterways are designed to create hydraulics and optimal drainage. Because of this approach, the Dutch streams are poor in ecological terms, so the WFD objectives are not met. In the case of heavy rain, due to the good drainage, a peak discharge occurs on the river. This results in flooding.


Building with Nature

The essence of Building with Nature is that nature does the work and not the water manager. Building with Nature in streams aims to restore and improve the hydrological situation and nature values of brook valleys, to provide an attractive environment for recreationists and to preserve cultural-historical values.


  • Nature does not become an artificial water system.
  • It is cheaper because maintenance and management costs are less.
  • EU Water Framework Directive Water targets are better achieved.


  1. Topic Water quality
  2. Development state 9: Successfully used in operational situation
  3. Setting type Natural area
  4. Water type Surface water

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