Until the seventies of the previous century, Rammegors was part of the tidal exchange ‘De Eendracht’ which was connected to the Eastern Scheldt. The area formed part of a dynamic tidal system that consisted of deep channels, plates, mudflats and salt marches. This tidal environment ended with the construction of the Schelde-Rijndijk and the Krabbenkreekdam and the Rammegors became a freshwater area inside the dykes.
At the end of 2014, the tides in the Rammegors were restored through the use of a breach in the Krabbenbeekdam, which reconnects the area with the Eastern Scheldt. This will cause a change in the Rammegors and the surrounding areas. It will offer a unique opportunity to see how soil life, soil chemistry and vegetation will develop in a silted up freshwater area.
From 2015 until 2017, the research group, on behalf of the Centre of Expertise Delta Technology, will monitor and research how the area will adapt itself. Knowledge that is developed during this project will help the partners with the planning of future tidal restoration projects such as Perkpolder and Hedwigepolder. Monitoring different developments will provide information about the opportunities and pitfalls with regard to nature restoration. This will contribute to the current public debate about tidal restoration and depoldering.
Partners that are involved in this project are The Department of Waterways and Public Works Sea and Delta [Zee en Delta], Staatsbosbeheer, IMARES Wageningen UR, Deltares, NIOZ and Arcadis. The project is made possible in part by the Centre of Expertise Delta Technology. It started in January 2015 and will run until December 2017. For more information about the project, please contact Matthijs Boersema.