Leipzig (dpa/sn) - The Elster basin in Leipzig is being cleared of sand and gravel. It is planned to remove around 20,000 cubic meters of contaminated sediment this year, as the state reservoir administration announced on Tuesday. The work is scheduled to last until the end of February 2023 and will cost around 900,000 euros.
During the last major flood in June 2013, around 100,000 cubic meters of sand and gravel were washed into the basin. 10,000 cubic meters of sediment were removed last year. The measure is intended to significantly improve the discharge conditions during low and high water as well as the living conditions for the creatures close to the water.