River basin management from the beginning
Balancing the different utilisation requirements that businesses, residents and nature bring to the Emscher in a sustainable and acceptable manner – this is the fundamental task of the EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT as the river manager for the Emscher. For more than 100 years, we have been responsible for all matters relating to the Emscher and its subsidiary waterways. These include waterbody maintenance, flood protection, wastewater disposal, and stormwater and groundwater management, as well as the renaturalisation of the Emscher and general planning, consulting and implementation of all measures that are required for the Emscher Conversion.
The EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT was founded on 14 December 1899, as the first German water management association. This served as a model for a whole series of further water associations, including the LIPPEVERBAND, which was founded on 18 January 1926. The EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT and LIPPEVERBAND cooperated closely from the start, and work together under the single roof of a harmonised organisational structure.