LIFE-NATURE YBBS-DANUBE CONFLUENCE project
The project commenced
on 1 July 2004 and was completed by mid-2009.
It is part of a strategy to improve fluvial habitats in
Austria’s Mostviertel region.
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Two measures were realized:
1.) Fishway at the
Melk power plant on the Danube
2.) Reshaping of the
mouth of the Ybbs
Following the LIFE-Nature project "Danube
salmon habitat" (1999-2004), which made the Pielach and
Melk rivers in the alpine foothills passable for fish, with this
project the Danube was made further passable as far as the mouth
of the Ybbs.
The power company VERBUND AHP constructed a fishway at the Melk
power plant on the Danube.
The mouth of the Ybbs is an
important habitat for Danube fish and a gathering place for fish
migrating from the Danube up the Ybbs. The river mouth has been
reshaped and structured by means of islands and gravel banks in
order to provide a better habitat in future.
The Lower Austrian Federal
Hydro-Engineering Department (Lower Austrian State Government
Office, Hydro-Engineering Department) managed the LIFE project.
VERBUND - Austrian Hydro Power AG was the partner.
The project area is part of the
“Natura 2000 Lower Austrian Alpine Foothills Rivers” region.