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Seemanagement Burgenland GmbH uses Watermaster dredgers for project at UNESCO World Heritage site

Posted on June 3, 2024

Lake Neusiedl, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the border between Austria and Hungary, is a vital recreational area enjoyed by both locals and tourists for activities like sailing. Covering an area of approximately 315 square kilometers with an average depth of only 1 meter, the lake is home to diverse wildlife and unique habitats. However, it faces challenges such as shallowness and eutrophication, which affect navigation, tourism, water quality, and the natural ecosystem.

Seemanagement Burgenland GmbH has completed their first season of maintenance on the Austrian side of Lake Neusiedl using Watermaster dredgers. From October 2023 to mid-April 2024, they dredged 60,000m³ of soft sediment to deepen boat paths and marinas. This work improves access for recreational activities and removes excess nutrients, helping to prevent eutrophication and improve the lake’s ecological state. Additionally, they carried out maintenance works to reinforce reed channels and create firebreaks.

Preparations for the 2024/25 season are already underway, involving coordination with local communities and stakeholders. Over the summer, the dredged sediment will be used to improve agricultural land, preparing for the next season.

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