District administrator: Use meltwater to fill Lake Edersee

The last days of January saw comparatively good amounts of precipitation in the Waldeck-Frankenberg district area, much of it in the form of snowfall. Waldecker Land is experiencing one of the best winters in recent years. A thaw is predicted shortly and the accumulated snow will run off into surface waters. District Administrator Dr. Reinhard Kubat sees this as an opportunity to make up for the deficit, especially in the water level of Lake Eder, and to enter the spring and summer season with a well-filled lake.

"Usually, when the snow melted, the lake's main function was flood control," the district administrator said. "This year is different, because we currently have to deal with the consequences of three hot years with little precipitation." In the first days of January, the level of Hesse's largest reservoir was about 50 million cubic meters below the average annual mean. This is worrying, says Kubat. However, the snowfall of the past few weeks has provided an opportunity to make up for this deficit, at least in part. The prerequisite is responsible and targeted management. This means that the amount of runoff must be kept to an urgently needed minimum.

"Those responsible, especially at the Water and Shipping Authority in Hann-Münden, must also integrate the interests of the Edersee region more strongly into their considerations," the district administrator demands. The entire area lives primarily from tourism and already had to bear considerable losses last year due to the Corona pandemic. Although one could not predict the situation in the summer months, but by the now started vaccination at least the chance exists that with the tourism industry and the catering trade approximately around the lake in the second half of the year a at least rudimentary normal business situation could occur. This perspective must be maintained in any case.

Currently, the lake has a filling volume of just under 92 million cubic meters, which corresponds to about 46 percent of the full level (199.55 cubic meters). The district administrator appeals to all those responsible to maintain the current outflow of four cubic meters per second, which corresponds to the minimum outflow quantity. He said that the water level of the Weser does not need to be supported at the moment "The Lake Edersee region has suffered extremely from the dry summers of the last three years, as well as from the restrictions caused by the Corona crisis; Now is the time to show solidarity with the people who have built their existence on tourism and gastronomy". He said that the opportunity offered by the expected snowmelt must definitely be used in the interests of the region.