Venice, Italy: An Integrated Approach to Solve the Environmental Problems of Its Unique Collection System

by Federico G. A. Vagliasindi,
Vincenzo Belgiorno,
Rodolfo M. A. Napoli,
Giorgio Conti,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


The prolonged lack of maintenance of the canals of the city of Venice, Italy, has caused a build-up of sediments resulting in a frequent occurrence of the low waters which has ultimately created serious difficulties in the circulation of emergency vehicles, such as hydro-ambulances, fire department boats, and law enforcement vehicles, and residential and commercial vehicles as well. Further, the scantiness of effective regulations, financial resources, and appropriate technologies for the delicate dredging operations contributes to aggravate the environmental problems of the Lagoon. As a consequence, a disproved appearance and attractiveness of Venice has resulted, which is ultimately causing a negative impact on the economy of the city. An attempt is made with this work to elaborate a strategy to plan the activities for the integrated maintenance of the Lagoon.

Subject Headings: Vehicles | Maintenance and operation | Lagoons | Water circulation | Sediment | Dredging | Canals | Italy | Europe

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