Hunze and Torenveen - hotspots

Hunze and Torenveen

In the 1950’s and 1960’s the Hunze was straightened and imprisoned between its banks. From then on the water level could be carefully controlled using weirs and pump houses. As one reminder of how it used to be, a meander in the old Hunze was preserved in the Torenveen between Gasselternijveen and Gieterveen. Today the Hunze is restored step-by-step to its former curving glory. 

A nature-friendly barrier of boulders slowing the flow in the Hunze River

The Torenveen project

The Drentse Landschap Foundation is busy restoring nature in the Hunze valley in order to give the Hunze a new future. The Torenveen project was completed in 2012. Old meanders have been dug out and the banks have been moved slightly further apart to give the river more room.

Climate buffer

The Torenveen functions as a ‘climate buffer’ where large quantities of water can be held for a short times of excessive rainfall which are expected to happen more often in the warming climate.

Cycling bridge accross the Hunze in Torenveen

Location of the hotspot

Coordinates: 53°00’13.7″N 6°49’05.0″E

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