Plans in the works for Spier-Moraine

Wildlife crossing and water make composition necessary.

More than ten years ago, the former Water Board Meppelerdiep had already turned its attention to the water in the Spier-Moraine area. It turned out that it was too wet for agriculture in some areas. Water Board Reest and Wieden took up this focal point in the perennial program Water Op Maat (Custom Water). Solving the problem was brought forward because other developments made it necessary. That’s why the water board is going to draw up a plan for the Spier-Moraine area this year.

Redirection of water


The developments around the composition of the Dwingelderveld have ensured that the project has been brought forward. For example: the newly planned wildlife crossing connects the two areas north of the Moraine camp. Because a wildlife crossing has a broad base, the composition of the region changes considerably. Moreover, another problem needs to be solved here. At the moment, water from the Spier-Moraine agricultural area flows south through the Dwingelderveld. These ditches also dewater the National Park. This causes the nature to dry. In addition, the water is not of the quality necessary for the development of wet heath. In the future, the water will flow in a different direction, around the National Park. Several routes are open for this. This way, the agriculture doesn’t get wet feet and the Dwingelderveld has one less problem. This area, located outside the National Park, is called Dwingelderveld development area A by the Committee Board. The water and the Government Service for Land and Water Management work closely together on the plan for Spier-Moraine and will, where possible, take the needs of the region into account. The water board will draw up a Water Decree, after which the design plans can be worked out. The Committee Board will take the entire project under its wing.

Establishing a nature area


To properly address both the wildlife crossing as well as the redirection, a concrete plan is required. Part of the plan is the establishment of 30 hectares of former farmland, adjacent to the Terhorsterzand. This also creates a new area of nature on the east side of the Dwingelderveld. This land has already been acquired for nature development. This new piece of nature benefits the connection with the natural areas east of the Dwingelderveld and Terhorsterzand, so that animals travel from the Dwingelderveld can travel to natural areas in Mid-Drenthe, and vice versa. The Board Committee oversees the development of the plans. There is no talk of extension of the National Park. In that respect, everything remains the way it was.