ROOM FOR THE RIVER: FLOOD CHANNEL VEESSEN-WAPENVELD
Realized for ZUS [zones urbaines sensibles] and the water board Vallei en Veluwe this project capture the landscape intervention between Veessen and Wapenveld; the biggest project with in the Room for the River, the Dutch national flood prevention program. Better drainage of river water reduces the chance of flooding. The channel is constructed in such a way that the natural and agricultural functions are maintained, or even reinforced. The construction of two new bridges keeps the area to the east of the channel easily accessible, even when the channel is full of water.
The goal of the Dutch Room for the River program is to give the river more room to be able to manage higher water levels. At more than 30 locations, measures are taken to give the river space to flood safely. Moreover, the measures are designed in such a way that they improve the quality of the immediate surroundings.
The Veessen-Wapenveld flood channel is expected to drain flood waters only once in a human lifetime. To the west of the flood channel, a landscape zone with space for nature and recreation is laid out. The road connections in the channel area have been maintained; while recreational uses have also been implemented: the bicycle path network is expanded and separed from the trafic on the mnin dam, a canoe route is laid out and a hiking path has been planned for the new flood plain. A bird nesting area is created in the northern section of the channel.
As a result of many years of planning and intensive work, this successful cooperation between the designers and many other team player, from institutions to developers, is finally ready to be enjoyed.
Refrence maps from the landscape intervention Hoogwatergeul Veessen-Wapenveld