Water authority Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden is one of the 21 water authorities in the Netherlands.
Much of our country (34,000 square kilometres) consists of artificial land created by man. The many dikes, locks, pumping stations, flood barriers, canals and ditches keep it habitable. Without water barriers, more than half of the Netherlands would be under water. Local and regional water management in the Netherlands is in the hands of water authorities. These are decentralised public authorities with defined legal responsibilities and a self-supporting financial system.
The ‘mayor’ of the water authority is called ‘dijkgraaf’ (chairman). The dijkgraaf is appointed by the national government. He chairs the general board, which at the Stichtse Rijnlanden has 30 elected members. He is also part of an executive board, which has 5 members. The other 4 members of this board are appointed by the general board. The secretary-director is the head of the professional organization, which at the Stichtse Rijnlanden consists of 750 employees.

Role in the Project

Over the previous years Water authority Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden has advised in the realization of different projects with floating homes. We are also involved in research, in which the cost and benefits of floating homes, is examined. See for example the study Presentatie plan ‘Veenetië’ – HDSR. HDSR will share it’s knowledge and will also introduce a concrete case study in work package 4 (action research).