Description of solution
With 24 dam power plants, the Lech is the most densely used river in Bavaria. Its original floodplains with their typical flora and fauna have disappeared. Only a few areas, mostly near-natural, have remained, including the Litzauer Schleife south of Schongau. But here, too, natural processes have been disrupted: the construction of the Forggen lake dam has cut off the transport of sand, gravel and boulders (so-called bedload) from the Tyrolean Lech. Strong flood events hardly ever occur anymore due to the strong regulation of the water level. Within the framework of the project, the association Lebensraum Lechtal will carry out measures for the redynamization of the Litzauer Schleife, for example by bedload input and the mobilization of bedload on site. This will imitate the natural dynamics of the river Lech, which can create habitat for typical wild river species such as the Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) or the German Tamarisk (Myricaria germanica). The measure is part of the project Alpenfluss Landschaften.
Section of the Lech river south of Schongau