The Ráckeve-Soroksár branch of the Danube will be completely revitalised within the framework of one of the most significant environmental investments of the coming years.
With its ecosystem and wetland area, the Ráckeve-Soroksár branch of the Danube is an unparalleled natural treasure. The renewal of this section of the Danube is of particular importance for the preservation of water quality, aquatic life, and the natural environment.
For example, Europe’s second-largest floating bog, covering almost 8 times the area of Margaret Island, can be found here. Floating bogs are rare communities developed on floating vegetation mats in deep water. In addition to providing home for countless animals and plants, it also acts as a “water purification device”.
The aim of the new project is to
improve the water quality on the 57-km-long river section between the Kvassay and Tassi lock-gate and make the waterfront accessible in numerous places,
explained Balázs Fürjes, Minister of State for Budapest and the Development of the Capital’s Metropolitan Area, on Facebook.
The Budapest Development Centre has already started the preparation and planning of the EU-funded project. After obtaining all water and environmental permits required for the implementation, the preparatory stages will be completed by 2024.
The revitalisation of the Ráckeve-Soroksár branch of the Danube directly affects the daily lives of more than 380 thousand inhabitants of 4 districts in Budapest and about 21 settlements.
The map below shows the settlements directly affected by the investment.
During the development,
the accumulated sludge will be dredged, and the river will be cleaned and deepened,
writes Telex. The shorelines will also be cleaned and reconstructed between the Kvassay lock-gate and the Gubacsi Bridge, and sludge traps will be installed. In addition, a solution will be developed to stop wastewater or any garbage from being discharged from South-Pest Wastewater Treatment Plant into the Ráckeve-Soroksár branch of the Danube.
As the last step of the project, a wetland oasis will be built on Csepel Island. You can read more about Budapest’s largest park development of the past 50 years HERE.
The water level of the Ráckeve-Soroksár branch is relatively constant, and its flow rate is low. So, with the improvement of water quality,
all conditions will be suitable for safe bathing.
Source: facebook.com, telex.hu