Deltares: New Nature in New Meuse River

Under the umbrella of the Ecoshape partnership, Deltares will be starting this year on greening the banks of the New Meuse river in Rotterdam.

On 16 March, Ecoshape signed a memorandum of understanding to that effect with nine other parties. Ecoshape is involved with this program on the basis of the Ecoshape Knowledge Valorisation EFRO project: Building with Nature in the city, a project involving Ecoshape, Deltares, Witteveen en Bos, and the Dordrecht and Rotterdam city authorities.

By placing the first rocks and sand, Joost Eerdmans (councilor Security,Enforcement and Outdoor Space), Han Weber (Deputy Green, Water, Coastal and Cultural Heritage and Media), Peter Mollema (Member management team Port of Rotterdam) and Marco Zeeman (Director of Rijkswaterstaat) signed on 16 March the start of the project near the Mallegat tidal park.

In the months to come, and in consultation with local residents, an idea will be worked out based on the construction of a groyne. In the shelter of the groyne, sludge will accumulate, allowing for the development of new nature.

The Nassau port will follow later in 2015. The first steps in the Green Gateway project were taken in late 2014 near the Rozenburg headland on the New Waterway. This project is also part of the tidal park.

Unique in the Netherlands

This development of a park in a tidal river is the first project of its kind in the Netherlands and so it is a fine example of innovation and inspiration.

More green areas and nature on, in and direct alongside the New Meuse will enhance the recreational facilities in the region and the ecological quality of the river: salmon and sturgeon will swim to and from the sea due to the creation of new resting places and cleaner water.

In addition, a gently sloping riverbank will break waves when water levels are higher, and so the tidal park will also help to make the Rotterdam region more future-robust.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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