Water in the Bergisch Land

The defining element in the Bergisches Land is certainly water - so far, seventeen service and drinking water dams have been built in the nature park, some of which have been in service for over 120 years and have left a lasting mark on the region. The tasks of the Bergisch dams are manifold and include flood protection, drinking water and service water storage, energy generation and recreational use (swimming, sailing, etc.).


Four water associations in the nature park area take intensive care of the dams and the precious water - the Wupperverband (in the catchment area of the Wipper/Wupper), the Aggerverband (in the area of the Agger), the Wasserverband Rhein-Sieg-Kreis (in the area of the Sieg) and for the Wahnbachtalsperre the Wahnbachtalsperrenverband.

On the following pages you can learn more about the respective dams.

You won't find rivers like the Rhine or the Danube in the nature park, but you will find a multitude of streams and rivers, all with their own special characteristics. For example, the Wupper changes its name (it is called Wipper at the beginning of its course); the Agger has the Aggerbogen to offer, similar to the Saarschleife; the Dhünn is NRW's first barrier-free river, etc.


As you can see, the water in the Bergisches Land is cherished and cared for - what you can get out of it or what you can do on, in and around the water, but also what you have to watch out for, can be found here.

Water associations in the nature park area

  • Wupper association
  • Agger association
  • Water association Rhein-Sieg-Kreis
  • Wahnbach dams association

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