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Sedimentation basins make way for nature reserve

On the site of the former sugar refinery in Genappe, Aertssen Terrassements helps to redevelop the old sedimentation basins on the site. The site will be used as a nature reserve.

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On the site of the former sugar refinery in Genappe, Aertssen Terrassements helps to redevelop the old sedimentation basins on the site. The site will be used as a nature reserve.

The sixty hectares of large basins have been used for more than a century to separate sugar beet washing water. Since the production ceased, the site was handed over to the Walloon Region in 2004. The Nature and Forest Management Department of the SPW, together with the non-profit association Environment Dyle, agreed to redevelop the site as a nature reserve where birds and other species will be welcome and flourish.

Artificial island

The teams of Aertssen Terrassements were involved in deforestation, groundworks and refurbishment. An artificial island was created to promote the nesting of birds. For a period of one month up to ten machines were used to move 50,000 m³ of material. With this project Aertssen Terrassements again shows it has nature at its heart.