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DESIGNING AND CONSTRUCTING STRONG DIKES ALONG MAIN RIVER LEK
The Lekdijk is a river dike that protects a large part of the central and western part of The Netherlands against flooding, from a main river named Lek. If this dike were breached, nearly a million people in this densely populated and economically valuable area, could face flood-related threats. Tens of billions of Euros in damage could also occur unless measures are put in place to prevent this.
18 October 2022 | 3 min read
The Lekdijk needed to be reinforced over 55 kilometres, from Amerongen to Schoonhoven, as it no longer met current safety standards. Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden (HDSR) is a water regulatory board in the Netherlands, with a goal to ensure that the dike remains well integrated into the landscape and the surrounding area. Where possible, opportunities for the development of (river) nature, recreation, cultural history and mobility are explored, with the preservation of the environment as a top priority. Simply raising and widening the dike was therefore not an option, with more innovative solutions needed. The starting point was to find sustainable and innovative solutions that could have a positive impact on the environment. Another goal of the Water Board was to significantly reduce emissions by the end of the project.