Reducing crop damage from salt water on the Island of Texel in the Netherlands

27 March 2019 - Published by Alistair Maltby
To reduce crop damage by salt water intrusion on the island of Texel, the waterboard HHNK started a measuring programme in collaboration with the farmers.

To reduce crop damage by salt water intrusion on the island of Texel, the waterboard HHNK started a measuring programme in collaboration with the farmers.

An app on their smartphone enables the farmers to measure the salinity of the canals. This helps them to become aware of the fresh and salt water spots and periods and weather conditions with higher salt concentrations.

The results can be uploaded and viewed in the online database www.texelmeet.nl.

The information supports the decision making of when to and when not to discharge the surface water. The method is applicable elsewhere in Europe. 

Find out more in the film below:

 

On the island of Texel the availability of fresh water during the summer is a problem.

Freshwater weirs are installed to discharge the salt water and retain the fresh water.

Watch the film on this process below: