The Ground Truth 2.0 team visited Grip op water Altena
City of Woudrichem
The combined group of about forty people started their visit in the city of Woudrichem. In two groups, they went to see a small natural garden that has been designed to store the water of a heavy rain shower, relieving the sewage system. The designer of the garden explained which measures have been taken to keep the water in the garden. The other half of the group were informed about the pluvial flooding that occurred in the area in the summers of 2014 and 2015 and the measures that have been taken since.
Water storage basin at Andelsch Broek
Subsequently, the group visited the water storage basin at Andelsch Broek in Giessen, where a ranger of Brabants Landschap provided a guided tour. He explained how water storage and nature conservation were combined in the design and construction of the basin. Andelsch Broek provides ideal conditions for rare animal species like weather fish and bitterling. When it started to rain, the group took an adventurous route back to the bus. In the bus, the project leader of the Water board Rivierenland informed the group about the next phase of this project.
The last stop was at Fort Altena, where the group was addressed by the vice-mayor of Werkendam, one of the three municipalities in Altena. The visit was concluded with a joint dinner for the consortium partners and the participants from Meet Mee Mechelen and Grip op water Altena.
This news item was written by Rianne Giessen who is part of the Ground Truth 2.0 team and works for HydroLogic Research (HR) in Delft.