The project: Well-Aijen

Located on the right bank next to the Maas at Well and Aijen in the municipality of Bergen.

Since 1992 the municipality of Bergen has been active in developing plans for the Maasdal in between Well and Aijen and the recreational area ’t Leuken in cooperation with several parties. The high tides in 1993 and 1995 lead to the Tracé agreement of 2003 which included a sectoral plan for high tide water safety measurements which would result in high tide waterway to prevent from flooding between Well and Aijen. Even though this high tide waterway had the highest priority for the municipality of Bergen they also felt the need to expand the plan with new nature development as well. The Tracé agreement therefore also lead to the development of a complete land use plan and project called Maaspark Well.

High tide safety measurements:
The construction of the high tide waterway is part of the larger project called Maaswerken. The Maaswerken shape the new future for the project location and will change the landscape forever whilst focusing on adequate space for nature and the residents that live near the river. The construction of the high tide waterway leads to a lower tide which will impact the strength of the stream and will be noticeable for many kilometers. However, this is a change for the better as it will ensure the flood safety for all residents and nature that live around and in the river. The waterways are the so called ‘inlets’ of the Maas which will stream up the waterways during high tide. During the construction of this waterway there will also be the mining of aggregates. This waterway will ultimately be completed in the year 2015. This project is in fact about two waterways which will be connected through the construction; one in the north near Aijen, and one in the south near Well. By connecting these waterways and fusing them into one waterway we reconstruct nature and make it more efficient at the same time.

Nature development:
With the land use plan for the high tide waterway in place the vision of expanding nature and ecological optimalisation of the Maas and its river banks is reached with excellence. For example, the banks of the high tide waterway are lowered in order to prevent the area from flooding. After the new nature development is completed a new area of 127 hectares is ready for use by nature.

Recreational development:
In order to meet the demands of recreational space and development the marina will be expanded and the touristic recreational infrastructure (such as roads, bike and hike trails, green and underground structures) will be restored and expanded as well. In contrast to the nearby nature reserve park De Maasduinen this park called Maaspark Well will meet all the demands of recreational visitors so that they can fully enjoy what nature has to offer and appreciate all the beauty that surrounds them.

Self realisation plays a big role at this particular project at Well Aijen. Kampergeul B.V. takes care of the entire project as the main contractor but always makes sure to work closely together with all participants involved which includes providing the right licenses. The participants are the municipality of Bergen, the residents in the surrounding area, Maaswerken and other licensee providers. Kampergeul B.V. is a cooperation between Teunesen Zand en Grind, Niba zand, van Nieuwpoort and Dekker Natural Resources.

Landscape, flora & fauna
In the Maasdal, most fertile grounds are commonly used for agricultural purposes such as farming. Most large properties or lots are used for grassland and farmland simultaneously. Lots located on higher grounds are usually smaller in size and are perfectly suitable for a variety of horticultural industry products.

Directly located on the east of the land use plan area is the nature reserve called De Baend where water animals such as the beaver thrives. The area is also important to breeding birds such as the Partridge, Kneu, Mocking bird, Wulp, Cuckoo Wulp and Nightingale which can usually be found in pastures, wooded banks en soft wood vegetation. The Cuckoo Wulp and Nightingale also have nesting locations near or in the harbour. The area near the project also has an open lake, pastures, real estate properties and a campground located on higher grounds which consists of pleistocene sand soil. This area is also home to the green woodpecker and the barn owl.

A smaller landscape with nutrition-rich soil pastures is used by the badger which lives in two fortresses; one in the eastern part of Elsteren and one in the area near the intersection Kempestraat-Aijerbandstraat. Kampergeul B.V. will design a new area for the badgers to live and breed.

After the completion of this project the terrains will be handed over to a specialized nature reserve institute and the rest of the management will be done by Ministry of Infastructure and the Environment.


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