Site 1 – The Grift

Welcome at the start of this Peek tour!

It is customary when doing field work to keep a journal or log with interesting notes and information. This log usually starts with some general information, like the date, time, weather conditions and any other special conditions you deem relevant. Take a minute to do this before you start with the question.

At this location you see a weir with a fish ladder in The Grift. The Grift was constructed in the Middle ages by Bishop David van Bourgondien between Rhenen and Veenendaal. Between 1935-1941 the canal got expanded into what is now know as the ‘Valleikanaal’. Originally, the canal was fed by water from the peat soils of Veenendaal towards the Rhine. However, as the peat was excavated, the elevation difference changed such that the waterflow turned around and now flows from the Rhine towards Veenendaal. The canal drains in the Eemmeer (between Amersfoort and Almere).