Dredging Days 2015

Innovative Dredging Solutions for Ports

Technical Visit

5-6 November 2015, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Dutch water programme 'Room for the River' 
Wednesday 4 November 2015, 12:00 - 17:00 hours

Without dikes and coastal dunes, around two thirds of the Netherlands would be flooded. Flood protection is therefore a very high priority. The ‘Room for the River' programme, the implementation of which started in 2007, restores the river's natural flood plain in places where it is least harmful in order to protect those areas that need to be defended. By 2015, through a series of measures at more than 30 locations across the country, costing 2,3 billion euro, the flood plain will be lowered and broadened and river diversions and temporary water storage areas will be created. Marshy riverine landscapes will be restored to serve once again as natural ‘water storage' sponges and provide biodiversity and aesthetic and recreational values.

Room for the River projects Overdiep, Munnikenland and Noordwaard
For the CEDA Dredging Days the Room for the River projects Overdiep, Munnikenland and Noordwaard will be visited. These projects are realised to enlarge the discharge capacity of the river Waal (Rhine branche). Groynes in the river will be adjusted, floodplains will be lowered (200 ha) and a dike is realigned (1 km).  Besides increasing the discharge capacity in this way, also new nature will be created and the access to Loevestein castle will be improved. The works are executed at this moment. When the project is finished the inhabitants of the river-area are better protected against the risks of flooding, and the area will be more attractive for recreation.

Beautiful river landscapes, fairy tale castle, farmhouses rebuilt on constructed mounds (terps) in the polder which is prown to flooding during (extreme) high water – we will see all this during our tour and visits. And of course we will be given specialist insight by experts from Rijkswaterstaat, the waterboard and the contractor into the technical solutions which make the Room for the River programme so unique.



Gather at Intell Hotels, Leuvehaven 80, Rotterdam


Departure by bus


Arrival at Overdiepse Polder
Visit the mounts, explanation by one of the farmers who stayed behind in the area


Departure to Munnikenland
Arrival at 13:50
Presentations over coffee and tea and field visit


Departure to Noordwaard
Arrival at 15:35
Tour by bus through the area with possibility to get off at various locations


Departure to Rotterdam


Arrival at Intell Hotels, Leuvehaven 80, Rotterdam

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You must register for the tour in advance (please refer to the registration form). There is an extra charge for participation: € 50.00 (excl. VAT). Please note: The number of places is limited to a maximum of 50 persons and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The coach will depart from Rotterdam at 12:00 hours and will return at approximately 17:00 hours. Participants registering for the visit will receive detailed joining instructions from the Conference Secretariat.

The visit is hosted by Room for the River of Rijkswaterstaat. Rijkswaterstaat is part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands. 

To learn more about the "Room for the River Programme" click here and browse the document below.

The technical visit is co-sponsored  by:

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Room for the River Dutch Water Programme Article
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Last update: 20 January 2016