Oslo Uses Rivers

Stikkord: Klimatilpasning, Nedbør, Flom, Oslo

Oslo Municipality has a deliberate policy on streams and brooks. The water systems will deal with the increased precipitation that comes from climate change. The areas surrounding the water systems will be beautiful recreational areas.

Oslo Municipality has a deliberate policy on streams and brooks. The water systems will deal with the increased precipitation that comes from climate change. The areas surrounding the water systems will be beautiful recreational areas.

Nydalen is a perfect example of a re-opening. The old buildings have been demolished and Akerselva (the Aker River) is now a main element in the new development. This development has made the river visible, and in many ways it has been given back to the city and created a lovely public area.

Good Examples Inspire

The Alna-project is another re-opening of streams and water systems. For the occasion, The Water and Wastewater Department published a Report of Ideas called «En vandring med vann»(A Walk With Water). This Report of Ideas visualizes different types of projects that can be carried out on a short term basis, and at the same time it forms a basis for the preparation of a Municipal Sub-Plan.

Park with Water Purification Plant

The first re-opening project based on the «Alna Idérapport» (Alna Report of Ideas), was finished in 2005. In Hølaløkka Water Park in Grorud, surface water is led from an industrial and traffic area through a wetland before being released into the Alna River. The new pool purifies the water and protects the Alna River against pollution. By preserving the old culvert, this project also prevents flooding

Re-opening streams and brooks are an important piece in Oslo Municipality’s environmental goal of strengthening the blue-green structure in the city.

From being a sheer technical-drain-assignment, the development of the water systems in Oslo has become important for the urban environment as well. It provides areas for recreation and biological diversity.

It was the 1989 Municipal Sub-Plan dealing with Akerselva Environment Park that laid the conditions for the urban transformation along the river. A similar plan has now been prepared for Alna.