Period IV

De overstromingsgebieden in het driemerengebied voor de watercorrecties. Foto: Wikipedia.

The Jura Water Management

The interventions in water management (die Juragewässerkorrektionen) in the Three Lakes Region (Lake Neuchâtel/Neuenburg, Morat/Murten and Bienne/Biel) and Seeland in the nineteenth century are a good example of the Swiss engineering spirit.

The project created canals between the lakes, diverted the river Aare from Aarberg to the Bielersee and the lowered the water level of the three lakes.

However, the significant floods persisted and a second Juragewässerkorrektion was carried out between 1962 and 1973 by the construction of the Flumenthal water plant and the expansion and widening of the Hagneck, Broye, Zihl and Nidau-Büren Canals.