Currently, we are just before the completion of construction works as part of the investment called "Restoration of the bottom of the Łupawa valley [...]". The main goal of the works being carried out is to increase flood protection in the village of Smołdzino, while improving the condition of alder-ash riparian forests and oxbow lakes.
As we know, the Łupawa River was "straightened" for the construction of hydroelectric power plants, as a result of which the naturally meandering river was turned into a working canal. For this reason, 20 ha of alder and ash riparian forests were cut off from natural flooding. Moreover, the oxbow lakes cut off by the embankment were degraded.
We can now confidently say that the work is bringing the intended results. In the photos below this text we can see the renovated embankment, which has regained the appropriate parameters necessary for proper flood protection.
Finally, the long-awaited construction works have started. The action entitled: " Restoration of the bottom of the Łupawa valley; beds of lowland and submontane rivers with communities of chrysanthemums (3260-1), oxbow lakes (3150-2) and ash-alder riparian forests (* 91E0) " is implemented in cooperation with the State Water Holding POLISH WATERS.
Since we have already started construction works, it is worth answering a few questions, and above all reminding what we are planning to achieve, what technical solutions we will use and why we have undertaken the task of renaturation in the indicated section of the Łupawa River.
The investment in question is located to the south of the town of Smołdzino, from the west the investment area is adjacent to the Rowokół mountain. Construction works begin about 210 m upstream from the Smołdzino Hydropower Plant