(On-screen title: Reinforcement of the Houtribdijk.)
VOICE-OVER: A 25-kilometre-long dike
has kept the Netherlands safe for over fifty years.
This is the Houtribdijk, also known as the Markerwaarddijk.
Scenically located, it forms a dam between the IJsselmeer and the Markermeer.
To keep the provinces in the IJsselmeer region safe,
we're reinforcing the Houtribdijk.
That's not all, our focus is also on nature and recreation.
(Boats sail on the water. One arrow points to Enkhuizen, and another arrow, to Lelystad. Near the part of the dike that's near Enkhuizen, the following text appears: 'Reinforced with sandy banks'. In the middle, it says, '270 hectares of new nature', and near Lelystad, 'Reinforced with quarry stones.')
Near Lelystad, the dike is reinforced with quarry stones.
At the Enkhuizen end, the dike will have broad, sandy banks.
These will break the waves in the future.
This reinforcement approach in such a huge non-tidal, inland body of water
is a worldwide first.
We're also seizing opportunities for nature development and recreation.
A water sports beach near Lelystad will accommodate kite surfers and wind surfers.
Rijkswaterstaat is also improving the water quality.
Halfway along the dike, on the Markermeer side, we're developing new nature,
where fish, insects and shellfish like to live.
This, in turn, attracts birds.
(Waves crash against the side of the dike. Dark birds perch upon rocks in the water. White birds fly away.)
THE TRANQUIL MUSIC CONTINUES
Innovative dike reinforcement and attention to nature
give this beautiful area abundant opportunities to develop.
And help keep the Netherlands safe.
(The Dutch coat of arms, next to: Rijkswaterstaat. Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The screen turns yellow and white. On-screen text: More information? Visit rijkswaterstaat.nl/houtribdijk/english. A production of Rijkswaterstaat. Copyright 2018.)