First- and second-order water bodies; information on water body development

Watercourse development is the construction, removal, and substantial alteration of a watercourse or its banks.


Watercourse development projects are measures on watercourses that can pursue the following objectives in particular:

  • flood protection for built-up areas and infrastructure facilities
  • Improvement of water ecology (near-natural development projects)
  • Improvement of biological passability

The Free State of Bavaria, represented by the Water Management Offices, is responsible for watercourse development on first-order watercourses (generally large watercourses), second-order watercourses and torrents. For third-order watercourses (usually small watercourses), the municipalities are generally responsible.

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Status: 12.01.2023

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz

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