Dutch Crown Prince opens nature reserve
The nature reserve located east of Rotterdam will protect cities such as Dordrecht and Gorinchem against flooding.8 May 2008
BIESBOSCH - On Wednesday, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander opened a nature development and overflow area in the Biesbosch, an expanse of creeks and reedy marshes east of Rotterdam.
The prince dug away a last bit of dyke allowing the polder to absorb surging waters when the Rhine and the Maas threaten to burst their banks. The polder is known as De Kleine Noordwaard.
The development of the area will protect nearby cities such as Dordrecht and Gorinchem against flooding.
Ten families and a few farms had to relocate. Their farming land will now be turned in 600 hectare of wild nature, including marshes and waterfowl.
[Radio Netherlands / ANP / Expatica]
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