The project 'Animals in the dike' of the Asset Management research group of HZ University of Applied Sciences is one of eighteen projects that have been honored in the RAAK Public program of Regieorgaan SIA.

In the project, participants investigate how to reduce the risks caused by animals making burrows in dikes. Recent experimental research has shown that damage to dikes by burrows can be extensive. Several authorities are concerned. The researchers want to be able to better assess the risks and for managers to reduce the risks. They are also developing, testing and assessing deterrence, detection and monitoring methods and trying to understand animal behavior.

The project increases scientific knowledge about the extent of the problem and provides solutions for managers. The goal is for them to stop reacting reactively and become proactive. Regieorgaan SIA is making a contribution of 300,000 euros. A similar amount is coming from the network.

Besides the HZ, BZ Ingenieurs en Managers, Zoogdiervereniging, TU Delft, GeoHydroData, Deltares, STOWA, Rijkswaterstaat, De Vlaamse Waterweg, Waterschap Scheldestromen, Waterschap Limburg, Waterschap Brabantse Delta, Waterschap Aa en Maas, Waterschap Rivierenland and Waterschap Drents Overijsselse Delta are part of the network.