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Snaking through the landscape

The Little Elster no longer has much in common with the small but wild river which once meandered through the landscape. From its source in the Lugbecken Basin east of Finsterwalde, to its mouth at the Black Elster near Wahrenbrück, the tributary of the Black Elster has, through years of hydro-engineering work, been bound into a firm bed, and occasionally almost been channelled. The ideas pursued at the time have today been partly revised. A naturally designed river can, as is now commonly believed, also comply with modern agricultural and flood prevention standards.

A step back into the river’s history - and therefore a step forward in the natural design of the Little Elster - was taken in 2007 as part of a project by the Brandenburg Conservation Fund. Initiated by the nature reserve administration, a project with a role-model effect across Germany was developed and realised. Six former loops at the headwaters of the Little Elster, which had been filled up when the river was straightened in the mid-20th century, have now been re-opened and connected to the river’s course. The result of this project can be seen in Maasdorf, Prestewitz, Schadewitz and Lindena. The river did not, however, gain its visual attractiveness alone: the diversity of species also benefits from the re-created loops, as well as the water quality and the region’s water supply. The project was funded by the European Union.

Kontakt: Lars Thielemann

Tel.: 035341/ 61516

Email: lars.thielemann(at)lua.brandenburg.de

More Informations: www.naturschutzfonds.de