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Press release: Salmon can again pass the Haringvliet dam (NL) on their way up into the Rhine and the Meuse - A milestone in international water protection

Rotterdam, 15. November 2018

As from 15 November 2018, the way from the North Sea into the rivers Meuse and Rhine is again open for salmon at sufficient runoff. Salmon may again reach their home waters, where they reproduce naturally. All depending on the discharge, one or more gates of the Haringvliet dam (south of Rotterdam) will also be open during high tide. For the first time for 50 years… The dam had been built in 1971 as a protection against storm tides.

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Gerstheim: the track is clear for migratory fish!

The new fishway at Gerstheim on the Upper Rhine was put into operation on 15 October 2018 (Photo EDF). The official inauguration will take place in 2019. The fishway at the Strasbourg barrage has been working since 2016, even though different optimisations are still being implemented.  The fishways in Strasbourg and Gerstheim will open the access to the spawning habitats (among others for salmon) in the Elz-Dreisam system (region Freiburg) via the Leopoldskanal, once the three sills in the loops of the Old Rhine at Gerstheim and Rhinau will enable upstream migration. Counts show that the fishways located at Iffezheim (since 2000) and Gambsheim (since 2006) further downstream in the main stream of the Rhine are well accepted: In 2017, more than 170 upstream migrating salmon were registered at Iffezheim and 105 at Gambsheim. More than 150 salmon have migrated upstream the R. Sieg flowing into the Rhine near Bonn.

Press release - New findings on low water of the Rhine

Solothurn, 3 and 4 July 2018

During the first half of the last century periods of low water on the Rhine were distinctly more pronounced. Discharges were lower, and low flow periods lasted longer than in the past 50 years. The perception that low water occurs more often than in the past is not correct. However, water users are more affected, e.g. navigation, energy production, industry and agriculture.

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Nine states – one river basin.

For the benefit of the Rhine and of all of its tributaries the members of the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR) Switzerland, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands and the European Commission successfully co-operate with Austria, Liechtenstein, the Belgian region of Wallonia and Italy. Focal points of work are sustainable development of the Rhine, its alluvial areas and the good state of all waters in the watershed.

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ICPR wins prestigious Thiess International Riverprize

Worldwide reward for decades of international cooperation in Rhine protection!

On 16 September 2014 the ICPR was awarded the Thiess International Riverprize 2014 in Canberra (Australia). During a gala dinner, the price was handed over to the President of the ICPR, Mr. Gustaaf Borchardt and its deputy manager, Anne Schulte-Wülwer-Leidig.

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History

What were the reasons for the co-operation? Which steps and events proved to be decisive? Worldwide, the ICPR develops to be a model for environmental and water protection which numerous organizations take as an example. The secretariat has drafted some new pages concerning the ICPR success history. We would be grateful for any questions or suggestions you might have.  

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The Rhine and its catchment

This report presents an overview over ecological improvement along the River Rhine and its present chemical water quality. Furthermore, it contains a survey of the implementation of the Action Plan on Floods.

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Reports

252. Statistical evaluation of measurements on the contamination of biota/fish with pollutants in the Rhine catchment area in 2014/2015

During 2014 and 2015 the ICPR has implemented a first joint monitoring programme on the contamination of biota...


Reports

251. Report on the assessment and development of Rhine water quality 2015 - 2016

The technical report No. 251 follows on the reports on the evaluation and development of the Rhine water...


Reports

250. Bericht der Präsidentin der IKSR 2018

Die Präsidentin der IKSR erstattet in der PLEN-CC jährlich Bericht über die wichtigsten Kommissionsaktivitäten...


Reports

249. Internationaler Warn- und Alarmplan Rhein (IWAP) - Meldungen 2017 -

Ziel des internationalen Warn- und Alarmplans (IWAP) ist, plötzlich im Rheineinzugsgebiet auftretende...


Reports

248. Inventory of the low water conditions on the Rhine

During the first half of the last century periods of low water on the Rhine were distinctly more pronounced....


press releases

Salmon can again pass the Haringvliet dam (NL) on their way up into the Rhine and the Meuse - A milestone in international water protection

Rotterdam, 15 November 2018
As from 15 November 2018, the way from the North Sea into the rivers Meuse and Rhine is again open for salmon at sufficient runoff. Salmon may again reach their home waters, where they reproduce naturally. All depending on the discharge, one or more gates of the Haringvliet dam (south of Rotterdam) will also be open during high tide. For the first time for 50 years… The dam had been built in 1971 as a protection against storm tides.
This is an important milestone for the two rivers, for the International Rhine Commission and the International Meuse Commission. Both commissions are...


press releases

New findings on low water of the Rhine

Solothurn, 3 and 4 July 2018

During the first half of the last century periods of low water on the Rhine were distinctly more pronounced. Discharges were lower, and low flow periods lasted longer than in the past 50 years. The perception that low water occurs more often than in the past is not correct. However, water users are more affected, e.g. navigation, energy production, industry and agriculture.


Flood prevention

FOEN: Water protection in Switzerland

The FOEN (Federal Office for the Environment) invites to join the exciting voyage of the pilot Nino G from the strange planet Nuxxo to discover these challenges of Swiss water protection:
Video: "Swiss water bodies – all clear?"

2019 – International Year of the Salmon

Thanks to the initiative of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) and of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) the year 2019 is to be nominated International Year of the Salmon (IYS). Public and political awareness for the salmon and its preservation and sustainable use will thus be hightened. Big international events on this issue are planned and further national or regional initiatives or events are expressedly wanted for this IYS (please also see http://www.nasco.int/iys.html).

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