A New Connection to the Veerse Meer

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A new canal to the Veerse Meer
Finding a suitable location

Advisory Report

2013
Kemin Goosens
HZ University of Applied Sciences
1/9/2013
A new canal to the Veerse Meer
Finding a suitable location

Advisory Report

2013
Kemin Goosens
HZ University of Applied Sciences
1/9/2013

Front Page

Summary

Contents
1 Introduction4
1.2 Background4
1.3 Problem and Aim4
2 Analysis of the area and involved parties5
2.1 SWOT Analysis5
2.2 Actor Analysis6
2.3 Ecology7
2.3.1 Water movement8
2.3.2 Flora & Fauna8
2.4 Target Groups8
2.4.1 Market research and marketing8
2.4.2 The 5 P’s9
3 Project Activities10

1 Introduction
Improving the overall quality of the Veerse Meer. That is the ultimate goal of the new connection. This report contains a detailed analysis of the current situation, where the problems are and where the possibilities are. To try and understand the situation the first thing that had to be researched was the background of the area. 1.2 Background

Figure 1: The Delta Works
Figure 1: The Delta Works
The Veerse Meer is a 22 kilometers long artificial brackish water lake, which is located in the province of Zeeland between the island north Beveland, north of Walcheren and south Beveland. In the west and east end of the Lake, two dams isolate it from the North Sea and the Oosterschelde, which are worsening the water quality every year. Before 2004 the water quality was worse than today, because there was no way for the fresh sea water to enter Veerse Meer. After they opened a weir on the east side of the lake, the water quality showed a positive reaction. Though the amount of jellyfish increased and the trout, which migrate from the Veerse Meer to the Oosterschelde, are being reduced. The Veerse meer used to be a turbulent estuary but ever since the flooding in 1953 it was clear something like this was never allowed to happen again. This caused the Delta Works to be created.

Besides the safety, this also caused a growing interest by tourists to visit the Veerse meer. This stimulated the local economy on the island and gave many people a source of income. Restaurants and beach houses were built and soon the area turned into a tourist hotspot in Zeeland. 1.3 Problem and Aim

The main problem of the area is that the water quality of the Veerse Meer is going down: -There is no(t enough) fresh water flowing in.
-Layered water (fresh water floating upon salt water).
-A variety of salt inlet caused by water level management in the spring. As a result, these problems led to other problems:
-Excessive algae grow (which caused to water to turn cloudy). -Oxygen poverty in big area’s on the surface and the bottom of the lake. -Excessive grow of sea lettuce, this bothered the recreants and caused stench in the autumn. All these problems have an impact on the amount of tourist that come to visit the Veerse Meer, and the animals and plants suffer from it.

The aim of building a new connection is to solve all these problems; to the extend they can be solved and while doing that it is also necessary to give a new impulse to the tourism in the area. That way the overall quality, in terms of ecology, economy and recreation all get an impulse. Side projects include building bungalows and recreation.

2 Analysis of the area and involved parties
The second step is to analyze the area. Where exactly the problems are and where the possibilities are. To understand how to improve the quality it is necessary to know where and what type of recreation the Veerse Meer already offers and what our target group is looking for. The project needs to complement to what is already there. The problem of the water quality also has to be researched thoroughly so the best possible solution can be found. And last but not least, a project of this scale has many involved parties with each their different interests so it is absolutely necessary to understand this. 2.1 SWOT Analysis...
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