As early as June, intense heat led to low water levels in streams and rivers. Climate change is also causing water shortages in the southwest. The country wants to take countermeasures.
Stuttgart (dpa/lsw) - The state government wants to counteract the consequences of climate change and better prepare for drought and floods. Environment Minister Thekla Walker (Greens) has developed two concepts for this, which are to be decided by the cabinet on Tuesday. After that, Walker and Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) want to present the strategy to the public.
In order to better prepare for droughts, Walker wants to establish a low-water information center, among other things. The center aims to collect data and provide better forecasts. The country wants to find out more about the water resources in the country and give the municipalities that are responsible for the water supply a helping hand.
The state government is also expecting more frequent flooding in the state due to increased heavy rain. The Environment Minister therefore wants to invest significantly more in dams and retention basins in order to prevent possible flood disasters.