Wildlife-friendly design

Clean water in Utrecht

Clean water in the city is important for everyone and contributes to biodiversity and quality of life in the city. We made the 'Clean Water in Utrecht Programme' on behalf of the municipality of Utrecht and hoogheemraadschap de Stichtse Rijnlanden. The report is visually appealing and easy to navigate (an interactive pdf) and provides an overview of measures per district that are needed to improve (ecological) water quality.

The water board and the municipality have been working on the quality of the water for a long time. Nevertheless, more can be done to achieve a higher quality sustainably. We spoke in separate sessions with administrators of both organizations about bottlenecks and solutions for the ten Utrecht districts. Of course, we included measurement data (such as ecoscans and ecological key factors) in relation to the set goals. In this way, the knowledge from the field has been brought in and the implementation of the programme will soon be in line with practice. For each district, it is now clear which bottlenecks there are and which measures need to be taken to solve them.

The Clean Water in Utrecht programme distinguishes six types of measures , each of which requires a different tailor-made approach:
  • Establishment measures
  • Management & Maintenance measures
  • Water system measures
  • Planning & Research
  • Participation & Communication
  • Organisation & Policy

All measures have been made more concrete with a description of their operation, preconditions and points of attention, examples, third parties to be involved, etc.
Inspirational sketch for greening the harbor basin
Working sessions, for every neighborhood and the entire city
Examples of nature-friendly banks to be used

Set goals

In order to meet the set goals in 2027, we are putting our shoulders to the wheel. Many measures can be started as separate projects, but not everything can be done at the same time. That is why a prioritization of the measures has been proposed in a global planning between 2023 and 2027, per district and for the entire municipality. The measures also have costs attached to them and a budget has been set aside, so that nothing has to stand in the way of a dynamic approach.
Example of a Leidsche Rijn bottleneck map
Example of Overvecht measure map
Example of prioritization and planning Southwest