Room for the Waal
A large-scale initiative has been launched in the Netherlands to prevent flooding and thus improve environmental conditions in more than 30 locations across the country. Room for the Waal is the most complex project within this Room for the River programme. With the Room for the River project, Rijkswaterstaat aims to reduce the risks of flooding by lowering the water level. This project involved shifting a dyke 350 metres inland and dredging a side channel, creating a new island in the river. This gave the Waal its own island, with a unique river park in the heart of Nijmegen, offering ample space for housing, recreation, culture, water and nature. Besides the widening and mixed-use park, the project also includes the construction of three bridges. The solution is radical, but sustainable.