Ecological waterbody development

diverse waterbody use

Humans have always used streams and rivers for their own ends: for drinking water, recreation, fishing, irrigation, disposal of wastewater, obtaining energy, and many other purposes. With the diverse uses of the waterways and their flood zones, the watermeadows, the appearance of the waterways has changed. They were made functional, i.e. straightened, the banks were reinforced and the profile of the waterway was lined with concrete. Dykes, weirs and barrages were built, and the overall course of the river was shortened. In many cities, they were built over, or terminated in the sewer system. Others were rededicated to become wastewater collectors. The primary aim was to dispose of wastewater and rainwater as quickly as possible through the river.