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The Kidron Creek Rehabilitation

Geographic Data

At the Kidron Creek Basin's outlet it envelopes the old city of Jerusalem to its eastern and western sides and from there through the Palestinian Authority's territories, it crosses the Hyrcania Valley and spills into the Dead Sea. The length of the Creek's channel is approximately 33 km in a draining basin of an area of approximately 124 km2. The Creek's Basin is abundant with ravishing natural, archeological, cultural and heritage landscapes. On the other hand approximately 35,000 m3 of raw sewage are pumped into this channel every day, which pollute the entire region.

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The Kidron Creek Rehabilitation

Overview

The development of the massive settlement of the Basin's population over the years, brought about the current situation where 35,000 m3 of raw sewage are pumped into the Creek daily, and it has become a dump "site" for waste of all kinds. Today the Creek is a serious health and environmental hazard; a source of damage to the aquifer water, the fauna and flora therein and its near and far environment.

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The Kidron Creek Rehabilitation

Designing Creek Treatment

the Basin's rehabilitation requires intensive action for the removal of the sewage and waste hazards, the regularization of drainage, and environmental rehabilitation. In 2011 a comprehensive master plan for the Kidron Creek Basin was completed, where an environmental policy was formed and physical and social initiatives for the rehabilitation of the Basin and its inhabitants were proposed.

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The Kidron Creek Rehabilitation

Treatment Promoting Initiatives

Today different projects are being promoted within the Basin: the sewage system, the Kidron Trail, education and culture, society and community, landscape and environment, archeology, heritage, tourism and pilgrimage.

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The Kidron Creek Rehabilitation

Goals in the Rehabilitation of the Basin

developing the Kidron Basin as a quality space – the "Creek as a Bridge" between the old city, center of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea / Judea Desert, connecting social, cultural, and spatial entities, solving the sewage problem, improving the residents' quality of life, renewing the connection between Jerusalem, the Creek, and the Desert.

Kidron Basin Video

The video clip presents an overview of the Kidron Creek Basin including all of its issues as reviewed by the master plan, including the development potential and the rehabilitation policy for the area and the problems with its application.