Dry feet, sufficient clean water and reliable and useful information. That is what integrated water management means to Rijkswaterstaat. All measures are planned around the users, nature and the landscape and are carried out in close cooperation with water boards, other public authorities, NGOs and private parties.
Integrated water management
Sufficient clean water
Clean and healthy water is a matter of life and death for people, animals and nature. But the water in the Netherlands is not of the same high quality everywhere in the country. The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) sets goals to be met by 2015 for the ecological and chemical condition of surface water and ground water. Rijkswaterstaat is taking 3 types of measure to improve water quality:
- Make Way for Fish will ensure that fish can swim freely from one water to another.
- Clean Water will provide clean and clear water.
- Habitat Recovery comprises a series of measures to develop plant and animal habitats as naturally as possible.
Improving water quality is not only a matter for Rijkswaterstaat. It also involves water boards, provinces and municipalities.