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FROM: Mateusz Schuldt

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The dry summer caused the water volume in Edersee to fall below 40 million cubic meters. This creates problems for tourism.

Edersee – Nothing works since Tuesday: Edersee drops below 40 million cubic meters and the Weser is also off. Passenger shipping in the western part of the Weser region will be suspended, Matthias Gräbner, managing director of the Rinteln tourist center, responds to the request. Endlessly, because there is no rain yet. The first ferry connections on the river are also falling.

Business continues to shrink with each passing day of drought. “Even experiencing nature on the river is limited when the water is low,” says Gräbner. What is the future of passenger shipping in a large part of the Weser if the climatic trend towards dry summer continues? Graebner also knows that employees who are already missing may leave if the company suddenly goes down indefinitely almost every year in the middle of the season.

The Edersee has almost no water left: 80 million cubic meters were discharged in July alone

Some people in Edersee shrug their shoulders at the news, saying, “There you can see what it is like.” The Weser was supported throughout July at speeds of up to 30 cubic meters per second – and in “economy mode” following the “trigger line” at 1.15 meters instead of 1.20 meters for Hann’s target level. mouth.

Desire and reality meet at the “last stop” in Bringhäuser: Left photo of the full Banfebucht, right view of the current situation at Bringhäuser Bay on Lake Edersee. © Matthias Schuldt

“You have to remember this: 80 million cubic meters have been dropped in the last month alone. This is half of what a full lake Edersee can do before the lower limit of 40 million cubic meters is reached, ”calculates Wilfried Geisler from the Eder-Diemel Regional Association (RVED).

The RVED proposal has been on the table for some time: if Edersee’s level in mid-July is below 125 million cubic meters, the fee will be reduced to a minimum for four weeks. “We are discussing this with district president Mark Weinmeister in September,” says Geisler.

Edersee: Silting has been progressing more and more over the centuries

dr On the other hand, Rolf-Jürgen Föllmer, chairman of the Oberweser Interest Group (IG) sticks to the “release line” to manage the “economy”. This rule does not bring any noticeable relief to Edersee in dry summers. In 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022 there has been no significant amount of rain since April / May. Only last year was an exception.

water surface 11.8 km²
maximum memory capacity 225 million m³
water depth up to 41.7 meters

There is agreement on one point regarding Eder and Weser: it would be good if the volume of the dam was increased again. The sediments carried by Eder have slowly but steadily silted the lake over more than 100 years. Dredging the areas at the beginning of the lake makes sense, says Geisler.

The offer is not new, it came from the Waterways and Shipping Bureau many years ago. “It would have to be checked whether it is possible and affordable,” says Claus Günther, Managing Director of Edersee Marketing. IG Oberweser would have no objection either, says Föllmer.

Low water in Edersee: losses in water sports and daytime tourism

Marketing Edersee did not record massive protests from holidaymakers due to the low water level, and the situation with reservations for this summer is good, Claus Günther sums up the current situation. “But no one gets excited when they have to travel this far to swim, especially when it’s weather like this,” adds Edersee Marketing’s managing director.

The losses were especially noticeable in business with day tourists and in water sports, he reports. Therefore, he supports any suggestion of sparing use of the dam’s water. At the same time, however, the region must seek and find ways to offer holidaymakers a lot of experience, even in dry summers.

New ideas for Edersee: create a North Sea-style bathing platform

“One such idea is to create bathing platforms, such as the ones that allow you to play at low tide in the North Sea,” says Günther. The communities of the adventure region would have to come together, gather such ideas, and find allies to implement them.

Edersee-Atlantis Alt-Bringhausen-Bridge Bringhausen
Edersee-Atlantis appears more and more often. Here are the remains of the Alt-Bringhausen Bridge. © Marie Klement

At the same time, plans such as those for a large water park with a natural swimming pond in the new Bad Wildunger Heloponte strengthen the offer for vacationing families in the summer. “It’s a very good idea,” says Günther, judging the concept from the point of view of a tourism expert.

At the same time, encouragement from guests would help to increase the income from the planned new leisure facility. Regardless, it is important to continue working and marketing the Edersee-Atlantis theme, “even if as much water as possible in the lake is of interest in the high season” (Matthias Schuldt)

In the coming year, access to Edersee should be barrier-free. Construction of the serpentine path to the bathing beach is underway.

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