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Benthemplein

Climate changes are bringing about more intense rain showers (so-called cluster showers). One of the consequences of this phenomenon is that sewage systems are often incapable of coping with subsequent flooding. One of the consequences of this is that the paved surfaces in built-up urban areas often cause flooding in the cities. Tunnels, […]

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Major maintenance works in the Ringvaart

Slush (including mud) on the bed of a ditch influences the quality and through-flow of the water. This means that the maintenance authorities responsible for the ditch are bound to remove the slush from time to time. This process is known as dredging. The Ringvaart (ring canal) in the area that is managed […]

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Water level decision in a new form

The Schieland and Krimpenerwaard District Water Control Board is responsible for water management in the Zuidplaspolder and Snelle Polder. One of the components of that responsibility is the determination of a level (NAP height) for surface waters. This type of ‘water level decision’ must fulfil the legislative standards and also demands a certain […]

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Awareness campaign for Droomsloot

It’s not only the district water boards that are responsible for the care of our surface waters; it also depends on whether you are the owner of the property or not. Although they are rarely aware of this, the agricultural sector and civilians are also responsible for maintaining ditches. Good ditch maintenance can […]

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Coastal Defence at Katwijk

The dike at Katwijk at sea consists of a stretch of beach, a largely built-up dune, and a damming construction. The water manager of the region, the Rijnland District Water Control Board, periodically inspects the dike for compliance with the most recent safety norms determined by the Minister and Deputy Minister of Infrastructure […]

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Dike reinforcement at Krimpen

The Water Authorities Act determines that the manager of the ‘primary dikes’ must report to the Provincial Executive once every six years on the general hydraulic condition of the primary dikes. In that framework, the District Water Control Board of Schieland and Krimpenerwaard conducts a periodic safety test in its management zone. The […]

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Parking lorries

The transport sector is bound by strict driving and resting times. However, lorry drivers do not have enough parking spaces to park their lorries in the Netherlands especially for long resting periods. As a result, many drivers park their lorries in the built-up areas, on busy parking areas on the motorways, and sometimes […]

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Accessibility of the Rotterdam City Region

The Rotterdam City Region also keeps its focus on ‘accessibility’ and ‘traffic flow’. Based on the idea that better information provision leads to more efficient behaviour, the city region asked us to actively think along with it to develop these aspects over the coming years. One of the resources used is an interactive […]

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Accessible Amsterdam

Ten years ago, the Amsterdam Municipality’s “Dienst Infrastructuur Verkeer en Vervoer” (Traffic and Transport Service Infrastructure) outgrew its pioneering phase, after which the unit’s work began to grow rapidly: besides the original task – the construction of the North-South line – the unit also initiated the construction of the IJ tram, the management […]

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Traffic Monitoring for Rotterdam Municipality

Major events, such as the Rotterdam Marathon, football matches and concerts create accessibility problems in the whole region. The traffic control authorities wanted an information instrument that would provide real-time insight into the most important traffic junctions in the Rotterdam region to enable them to implement suitable measures to prevent traffic bottlenecks. Our […]

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More accessible Zuidoost Brabant (BBZOB)

The supple flow of local traffic is a vital aspect of the proper functioning of any region; both in terms of the economy and in terms of liveability. Zuidoost-Brabant already had an abundance of knowledge and expertise in the field of ICT, automotive and mobility. The next big task was to bundle all […]

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Transportation mobility for the Rivierenland District Water Board

There are a number of sound reasons why many organisations are currently adjusting their vision of transportation mobility: cost cuts, the environment and/or flexible work. The Rivierenland District Water Board (WSRL) is also faced with a combination of those factors, in this case: social change, cost cuts and their own vision of sustainability. […]

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Restructuring of the Eendragtspolder

The Eendragtspolder, which is located between the Rotterdam neighbourhood of Nesselande, the village of Zevenhuizen, and Rotte and the Rottemeren, has always been agricultural land. Part of the polder has now been restructured into a unique recreation and water storage area with an international rowing course. Visitors and locals can now enjoy cycling, […]

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Opening the Nederlek dike reinforcement

After reinforcement works that lasted seven years, the first major dike reinforcement process in the High-water Protection Programme (HWBP for “Hoogwater Beveiligingsprogramma”) was finally completed. This means that the Lekdijk line is once again safe and in good order. Our contribution We seized this opportunity to show the outside world how the public […]

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Water awareness campaign

City dwellers are less aware of the fact that they ‘live with water’ than urban populations. That notwithstanding, it’s obviously important for all of us to be aware of the fact that we are collectively responsible for our water; for example, it’s very important to remove low-hanging branches of trees along the waterways, […]

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Drought and cows

The Rijnland region has approximately 200 kilometres of dikes. About 60 kilometres of the dikes needed to be inspected intensively in the spring of 2011 due to the continuing drought and the increased risk of the dikes shifting or collapsing. It was therefore decided to use fire-floats to keep the dikes wet and […]

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The CBS professionalises its press contacts

The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) stores and manages an enormous amount of Dutch statistical data and information. The CBS does not issue interpretations of the statistical data. Their job is to present the numbers in a neutral form. Other organisations, like the CPB, use the data to create and issue analyses and […]

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Water Innovation Award

Once a year, the Union of District Water Boards organises a competition for innovative ideas and pioneering initiatives in the water domain. This is an opportunity for companies, interest groups, knowledge institutions, government bodies and private individuals to send in their innovative water projects and a chance to win the prestigious Water Innovation […]

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National district water board elections

The district water board elections are held once every four years. The 2009 district water board elections were special in that it was the first time the political parties were candidates in the national district water board elections. Moreover, a number of different national organisations, including the group which does not trust voting […]

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The influence process in the municipal elections

Various district water boards were keen to get the water theme on the agenda of the municipalities in their management areas. The concrete goal was to include a passage on water in the election programmes of all the parties involved. The idea was that the passage would specify all the most important local […]

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Positioning district water boards

The Dutch Union of District Water Boards represents all 24 Dutch district water boards. We collaborated with the heads of communication of all these district water boards to, among other things, improve their positioning in the media and also to improve the civilian and participation calendar by developing public relations management, a lobbying […]

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Evening president of the PVDA conference

The Dutch Labour Party held a theme evening about accessibility (traffic and transport). The purpose of the event was to create awareness of the problems of accessibility. We were asked to organise the event as an interactive session and also to chair the evening event. Our contribution We invited specific target groups with […]

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High-water Protection Programme

The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and the district water boards are collaborating closely on the High-water Protection Programme 2 (HWBP-2), which is designed to improve the primary dikes in 89 different locations in the Netherlands. Primary dikes are mostly dikes and dunes that protect the Netherlands against flooding from the […]

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National Environment Day

Environmental management is a growing phenomenon: a wide range of organisations have begun to follow the example of the Dutch Government in appointing environmental managers in social interest projects. The time is therefore ripe to profile environmental management as a profession and to set up a community for the further professionalisation of the […]

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Reduction of CO2 emissions

The European Union is pushing for European air quality: the Sixth Environmental Action Programme (6th MAP) was adopted in 2005 and one of the strategies formulated in it dealt with how to improve the quality of the air. The strategy has generated a cacophonous hullabaloo, which has resulted in significant changes to the […]

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Road traffic control centres & Dynamic Traffic Exchange

It’s very important for government institutions, knowledge centres and the business community to meet, exchange knowledge and get into dialogue with one another on a regular basis. This kind of contact makes it possible to discuss and consider shared interests and it also helps the different parties to understand each other’s points of view, considerations […]

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Impression of electrical transport

Electrical transport is clean and economical. In addition, it also offers opportunities for the Dutch high-tech industry. This is why the Dutch government supports electrical transport with fiscal schemes and other funding instruments. By 2025, no fewer than one million electrical cars have to be on Dutch roads. We, as an organisation, support that ambition. […]

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