Rehabilitation of the Taninim River
A unique process led by the Carmel Drainage Authority, The Partnership for Regional Sustainability and Ramat Hanadiv is developing a rehabilitation plan for the Taninim River.
This is a large project, in which a range of partners from different fields are involved. The aim of the project is to rehabilitate, develop and maintain the river. The project treats the river as a complex system and gives emphasis to diverse aspects including: natural areas, the surrounding agriculture, heritage, the effect on nearby communities, animals and more. The program deals with the entire length of the river, from its source in the Megiddo region, through the Alona regional council, the agricultural lands of Zikhron Ya’akov, Givat Ada and Binyamina, toward the region of the Timsah Stream and the lands of Beit Hananya and Ma’agan Michael (Hof HaCarmel regional council), culminating at the sea near Jisr al-Zarqa.
Although the Taninim River is not physically or geographically large and its economic influence is limited, the steering committee chose to formulate an impressive and thorough rehabilitation process. The planning process for ecological rehabilitation (i.e. broad and systematic) of the river involves many stakeholders and is based on collaboration with the different communities. In addition, the steering committee is taking the approach that sees rehabilitation of the river as an ongoing process – part of a comprehensive process of development, learning and social renewal – and not as a once-off event.
The process of planning rehabilitation of the river is led by the planning staff, headed by landscape architect Moshe Lerner, and the process is supported, as mentioned, by the steering committee.
The aim of rehabilitating the Taninim River is to create the necessary conditions for development of a stable ecohydrological system, with diverse structural complexity in each segment of the river, which will be a basis for creating services and benefits for the residents of the catchment area.
Stages in the planning process:
· Creating an ecohydrological knowledge base for each segment
· Initial filling of gaps in biological knowledge
· Initial ecohydrological evaluation and formulation of methodology for evaluating the rehabilitation
· Ecohydrological planning for the catchment
· Running a hydrological model according to the ecohydrological plan
· Ecohydrological evaluation according to the existing conditions
· Catchment planning according to the ecosystem services approach
· Detailed planning according to the list of priorities