Station: [24] The Vorbach

F: Between overgrown banks, the Vorbach meanders gently through the landscape. But it wasn’t always like this.

M: Just a few years ago, the water course had to be restored to its natural state at a cost of around 380,000 euros. 

F: Restoring the stream meant re-introducing the bends that had been removed when the channel was straightened. The restoration became necessary, because artificially straightening the Vorbach had created a problem. The flow rate of the water coming down from the Hohenlohe plateau was much too fast, so lightweight material such as gravel and sand was being washed away. The fish spawning grounds were being lost, and microorganisms were being swept away by the current.

M: By restoring the stream, the Vorbach’s flow rate could be slowed back down to what it used to be. Biotopes were created where fish can linger and spawn. Since the project was completed in 2015, the conditions for fish and microorganisms have improved. So the Vorbach once again has plenty of fish. The local anglers' association is certainly pleased.

F: Your walk now continues to Seestrasse number 2.

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