The local water board “Hunze en Aa’s works together with municipalities, provinces, leisure sector and nature conservation organizations as partners to achieve our common goal of a lively, attractive and climate resilient lake “Zuidlaardermeer.” The project is both aimed on EU environmental objectives like Natura 2000 and Water Framework Directive (WFD) as on a sustainable recreative use of the lake.
Today the water quality does not meet the objectives and standards. There is a need to reduce the nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) in the lake water and the sediment i.e. to prevent blooms of blue green algae. Also the fish stocks and biotopes for aquatic plants do not meet the standards.
An important aim of the project is the development and usage of innovative measures that help reducing the concentration of phosphorus. These innovative measures are, among others: The improvement of existing reed vegetation and the development of new wetlands with reed.
Development of islands in shallow parts create a lee for developing biotopes for aquatic plants instead of algae. The new wetlands contribute to climate adaptation and innovations in water management by enlarging our water catchments areas.
We believe that the implementation of this project and exchanging good practice and knowledge with our (international) partners contributes to a sustainable North Sea Region.