Dry feet, sufficient clean water and reliable and useful information. That is what integrated water management means to Rijkswaterstaat. Smooth and safe transport by water are other ways of using water.
The Dutch waterway network is the densest in Europe. About 6000 kilometers of rivers and canals, many of the latter serving drainage as well as navigation, form a complex system serving all parts of the country.
The main commercial waterways (Class IV and higher), with a total length of 2200 kilometer, account for about 40% of international freight movements in the Netherlands and 20% of domestic freight. The main network is state-owned and operated by Rijkswaterstaat. Smaller waterways are managed by many different provincial authorities or drainage boards.