Published: 21 August 2023Modified: 4 September 2023

On Monday, 28 August 2023 the municipality will begin mowing the grassy embankments. It will also remove rubbish and plants from ditches, canals and other waterways throughout the city. The work will make sure water can continue to flow freely and excess water can be drained. This is important in order to guarantee the quality of the water. The work will take place throughout the autumn.

The grass will be mowed with large tractors with cutter bars from the embankments. From the water the municipality will use mowing boats. While deepening the waterways from the water the municipality will remove plants, duckweed and rubbish so that the water can flow freely again.

Plant residuesThe municipality will lay the plant residues from the water on the embankment to dry. The drying process takes a few days. Afterwards it will deliver the plant residues to a company to be turned into compost.  

Mowing time Autumn is the best time of year to mow the embankments and deepen the waterways. By this point the plants have already dispersed their seeds, there are no longer any brooding birds. And insects and amphibians are not yet in hibernation.

Clear waterThis year the municipality will use ecological mowing for the first time. This means: preserving flora and fauna when mowing. By mowing ecologically there will be better water quality and increased biodiversity (greater variety of plant and animal life).

The municipality will also leave more water plants and plants growing along the banks. Plants growing in the water and on the banks improve the aquatic life. And they contribute to clean and clear water which is of high quality.

More information on ecological mowing (in Dutch) can be found on the page Natuurvriendelijk maaien met de Ecokleurenkoers (


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