Case study:Amerongse Bovenpolder

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Project overview

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Status In progress
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Themes Habitat and biodiversity, Social benefits
Country Netherlands
Main contact forename Jaring
Main contact surname van Rooijen
Main contact user ID User:InfoMan
Contact organisation Dienst Landelijk Gebied
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Partner organisations Rijkswaterstaat, Utrechts Landschap, Staatsbosbeheer
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Amerongse Bovenpolder seen from its northern edge, looking south.

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The Amerongse Bovenpolder project aims to improve biodiversity, function as a green corridor, maintain and improve landscape, and to improve conditions for recreation and cultural-historical values. The polder has been previously used as a landfill, for sand excavation, and for tabacco cultivation.

Rijkswaterstaat and DLG Government Service for Land and Water Management created a 45 acre seepage swamp to improve conditions for the variety of flora and fauna in the Bovenpolder. The marsh is fed by clean groundwater (= seepage) from the Utrecht Heuvelrug (hill ridge). Seepage swamp is an ideal habitat for plants that need (iron rich) groundwater such as water gillyflower, mare's-tail and sedge species. In the coming years, an old river channel will be dug outin the Bovenpolder and semi-wild horses and cattle graze the area. These measures will make the Bovenpolder suitable habitats for amphibians, small mammals, insects and marsh birds such as night heron and black stork. Ecological connections between the Utrechtse Heuvelrug the Bovenpolder will also be restored in the future, by the constructing a wildlife crossing allowing birds and mammals to pass unhindered from areas high-up to low down by the river, and vice versa. The development of the Amerongse Bovenpolder is a collaboration of the Province of Utrecht, DLG Government Service for Land and Water Management, the Ministry of Agriculture, the municipality of Amerongen, Hoogheemraadschap (water board)The Stichtse Rijnlanden and Rijkswaterstaat.

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Catchment and subcatchment


River basin district Rhine
River basin Rhine


River name Rhine
Area category 1000 - 10000 km²
Area (km2)
Maximum altitude category 1000 - 2000 m
Maximum altitude (m)
Dominant geology Siliceous
Ecoregion Central Plains
Dominant land cover Grassland, Urban
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Other case studies in this subcatchment: Bakenhof Dyke reconstruction, Blauwe Kamer, Room for the River, Ruppoldingen, Upper Main catchment restoration


Name Amerongse Bovenpolder
WFD water body codes
WFD (national) typology R7
WFD water body name
Pre-project morphology Plane bed
Reference morphology
Desired post project morphology
Heavily modified water body Yes
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Protected species present No
Invasive species present No
Species of interest oyster catchers, Plover (Charadrius sp.), common redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Snipe
Dominant hydrology
Dominant substrate sand
River corridor land use Intensive agriculture (arable)
Average bankfull channel width category more than 50 m
Average bankfull channel width (m) 170
170 m
0.17 km
17,000 cm
Average bankfull channel depth category 5 - 10 m
Average bankfull channel depth (m) 8
8 m
0.008 km
800 cm
Mean discharge category 100 - 1000 m³/s
Mean annual discharge (m3/s) 500
500 m³/s
500,000 l/s
Average channel gradient category Less than 0.001
Average channel gradient
Average unit stream power (W/m2)

Project background

Reach length directly affected (m) 1400
1,400 m
1.4 km
140,000 cm
Project started 2001/01/01
Works started 2013/01/01
Works completed 2015/12/31
Project completed 2015/12/31
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Funding sources Rijkswaterstaat, Dienst Landelijk Gebied

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Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure Aggregate/mineral extraction, Flood risk management
Hydromorphology Continuity for organisms, Freshwater flow regime
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Floodplain / River corridor
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Additional links and references

Link Description
http:// DLG webpage on background Amerongse Bovenpolder (Dutch) en projecten/vaarwegen/nederrijn/amerongse bovenpolder/ Rijkswater webpage on goals, planning and background Amerongse Bovenpolder (Dutch)

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