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Both side channels and freely erodible banks can improve ecological diversity and are often built as a part of restoration projects. However, extensive erosion or sedimentation requires expensive maintenance. At the same time discharge capacity and navigability of the (main) channel should be guaranteed, whilst maintenance efforts should be manageable and cost-effective.
Snapshot of the Dutch Rhine accounting for the two type of processes (Source: Bureau Beeldtaal Filmmakers. RiverCare video).
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Last modified: 19/06/2019