Doode Bemde - Belgium

Basic Information
Site Name
Doode Bemde
Short name
Dyle Valley
Country
Belgium
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Site Manager
Operating Organisation
Site Description
The site comprises 4 km stretch of a complete alluvial floodplane managed as a private nature reserve some 10 kilometer upstream of the city of Leuven. Since 1990, human interference in the river channel has stopped resulting in a spontaneous meander evolution and roughening of the river channel. This has induced frequent (e.g. yearly) inundations, thus avoiding flood damage in the city of Leuven downstream and this without creating the usual storm basins.
Last modified
2020-06-29 10:06:58
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Site Status
Operational
Year Established
1990
Purpose
Monitoring of the meander movements, the ground- and surface water dynamics and chemistry, the vegetation evolution is carried out by INBO and the Flanders Environmental Agency (VMM).
History
Up to 1990 the majority of the site was in low intensity agricultural use. The alluvial character of the river and thus the floodplain didn't exist anymore due to drainage works. Since then the majority of the site was managed as a private nature reserve. Due to flood damage prevention plans for the city of leuven some 10 km downstream, a combination of wetland and alluvial river restoration was carried out as an alternative for the 'traditional' storm storage basin creation.
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Geographic
Size
400.00ha
Elevation (average)
30.00msl
Elevation (min)
25.00msl
Elevation (max)
35.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
LTER EuropeThis site is a verified "LTER Europe" member.
LTER Belgium (LTER_EU_BE_29)This site is a verified "LTER Belgium" member.
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