Feasibility Study Nieuwe Linge
from deserted canal to lively river
According to Dutch history books the Linge is the longest “river” of the Netherlands. It’s “rises” near castle Doornenburg (close to the German border) and ends in Gorinchem by flowing into the Merwede, which is mostly fed by the Rhine. The truth is that the Linge originally springs in Tiel which is 50 km downstream.
The upper reaches of the Linge was dug in the 13th century as a canal (blue line) to ensure sufficient water for the diked areas between Doornenburgh and Tiel!
We want to expand the 50 km upper reach of the Linge with 25 to 40 km in order to:
… protect residents, farmers and businesses against flooding by extending the Linge by 25-40 km, so that more water can be stored during high water.
… strengthen the economy and feed the land better during drought by moving the Linge closer to existing homes, farms and industrial estates.
… give animals and plants more space by making the river deeper, wider and with more bends, with flower-bearing shrubs and fruit trees on both sides.
… promote recreation and tourism by making the Linge navigable by replacing the 14 weirs with 2 locks and building a cycling / walking path along the Linge.
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