Letting the Thur river flow, naturally again
The Thur is Eastern Switzerland’s predominant river, flowing from the limestone Alps into the Rhine river on the border with Germany. The name Thur comes from the Indo-European word dhu, meaning “the hurrying one”. And hurrying it does, sometimes spilling over its own banks and flooding adjacent land. Without any natural or artificial retention areas, the river caused at times great havoc. Today the basin benefits from nature-based solutions to absorb the excess water whilst the river flows, and hurries, the natural way again.