FLOODING AND COASTAL PROTECTION
The DBVW associations responsible for riverbanks protect us from bodies of water
by maintaining and preserving the riverbanks.
These riverbank associations existed long before water associations. The first coastal protection associations appeared in the 12th or 13th century. The experiences accumulated by this traditional danger prevention effort continue to be essential to the work of these riverbank heroes today.
The DBVW riverbank associations preserve and maintain coastal embankments measuring some 800km in length in order to protect against storm flooding, making it possible for people to live safely around the waterside. Their duties also extend to protecting against inland flooding.
> Find out more about these riverbank heroes in “DeichHelden” (PDF, in German only)