Last weekend we had fruitful Technical Committee meetings of ICOLD. Members of NethCOLD were joining the Technical Committees of sediment management, embankment dams, dam safety and levees.
Within the levee committee the discussed topics were about safety regulations and its challenges, the use of flood resilience landscapes and the importance of its narratives, partnership between US Army Corps and Rijkwaterstaat, experiences and consequences of major flood event in New Zealand and the completion of the bulletin from the committee with a big effort from Rijkswaterstaat.
In the sediment management the bulletin sediment bypassing is wrapped-up for which the Netherlands gave valued input and support.
Within the embankment dams Committee, for the Netherlands the most remarkable debate was about the use of geotextiles. Despite a vast number of good experiences, several countries reported unexpected issues with clogging or tearing despite good design and workmanship. Cases need to be evaluated to determine what consequence it can have for the common use in the Netherlands.
In the EurCOLD board meeting there was a lot of attention of the role and need of hydropower in the energy transition in Europe, the need of good EU policies and public awareness to strive the goals of this energy transition.