Land-en-water.be is a pilot structure in Flanders. Municipalities, the province as well as the local water agency collaborate in the framework of a common structure to address specifically the problems of soil erosion and (muddy) flooding.
The Melsterbeek catchment (264 km²) is situated in the eastern part of the Belgian Loess belt. This catchment is frequently affected by riverine floods and muddy floods. An increase of flood frequency has been observed during the last decades. During the period 1992-2002, some parts of the catchment has been affected by flooding at least 10 times. Several types of measures were implemented to mitigate these flooding. These types of measures are presented in a short video simulation (“animation”). It shows a run of about one-minute of fields eroding in a storm; then a repeat with soil conservation measures in place.