Cycle route Roermonds Roerdal
Roermond, Sint Odiliënberg, Melick
At 660 meters above sea level in Belgium the Ruhr rises. It chooses its way over Belgian and German territory and then enters our country under Vlodrop. In the sixties and seventies of the 20th century, the Ruhr was heavily polluted by rinse water from the German coal mines. There was no life left in it and Roermond regularly suffered from foam flakes that were entering the city. After the closure of the mines a lot has been improved. Now the rudder is so clean that beavers, kingfishers and special dragonflies can be found in the rudder valley. Although the river's ushers are still polluted, the water is clear enough for more than thirty species of fish. Even the salmon is back in the Ruhr.
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