"What begins with the flooding that will transform our hometown for a long, long time," says Denis Kettlitz: "Not for years or decades, but for centuries. Cottbus will soon be the largest artificial lake in Germany, a typical area in a port turn. For many people, is not so clear." This is also why the main committed to a career as a recruitment consultant, working Kettlitz, as Chairman of the in the summer of 2016, the supporting Association founded in Cottbus Baltic sea. Until that time, there was at best scepticism, convert often, however, even criticism of the project, the former brown coal open pit Cottbus-Nord to the largest lake in the Lusatian mining lakes area - with a total of 1900 hectares.
"The discussion was dominated by Fears that the water flooded the cellars in the surrounding towns," says Denis Kettlitz. "The great opportunities arising with the transformation of the landscape, especially in connection with the energy transition that saw the least." That has now changed, thanks to the friends, has launched in the past few years, many of the actions. He has recently opened an information point in the shopping center Spree gallery. A vacant storefront was transformed boards into a small Seeparadies with a lot of Maritime Flair and a info, what took the Cottbus abundant. Here will be held on Friday evening, a public festival, while Brandenburg's Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD), and many celebrities from politics and business to celebrate the flooding on the Western edge of the former open-cast mine.
"Instead of barriers, and little view on the lake, there is a colourful programme with music, raffle, beverage sales, Maritime Surprises and Live-Transfer", - stated in the invitation of the Association. "Count down with us the Countdown and you will see on the monitors the Live pictures, when it is finally on the water!" A drone is supposed to transfer the images from the official flooding, celebration, invited to the Leag. The second-largest energy provider in Germany consists of the Lusatia energy Verwaltungs GmbH, Lusatia, energy, mining, AG and the Lausitz energy power plants AG. In the official press invitation, it means you have to be able to complete all the mining and geotechnical the necessary preparations for a successful and secure flooding time.
in addition to the Leag and the land policy of Cottbus Lord mayor and representatives of the mining restoration company LMBV in the Celebration. The latter have already lakes a lot of experience with the flooding of other Mining. The Cottbus Baltic sea is almost 19 square meters of water surface, however, the most powerful of them, and about two and a half times greater than the Müggelsee with seven and a half square kilometers.
critics of the project point, and you know in the face of climate change and water scarcity, whether the project succeeds. Others fear the security risks, also in view of the recent suspension of a surface mine incurred Senftenberg lake (the daily mirror reported). LMBV-speaker Uwe Steinhuber, however, pointed to the fact that today is completely different, and modern technology would be used, so that safety is ensured.plenty of space: a view from a lookout tower on the former brown coal open pit Cottbus-Nord.Photo: Patrick Pleul/dpa
of Course, when the lake went in about six years. During the Running of the water, there would be always to slip, which is why the future of the lake was cordoned off. "Then you can begin with the use of," says Denis Kettlitz. "And if all goes well, approximately in the year 2030, even bathe in it." Until then, however, there are still a lot of things, so the demand for real estate is high and should be controlled by the Leag, respectively, by the adjacent municipalities wise.
Denis Kettlitz has a very own Vision. "Living on the Cottbus Baltic sea and work in the Berlin Friedrichstraße – why should this not be possible?" he asks. "Anyway, if we get the funds for the structural change in the announced better railway connection to Berlin." In any case, the Association hopes, at least, the development of the lakeside town of Cottbus after years of Stagnation and bad news to trigger a similar euphoria how to get the beginning of the 90s the decision of the then mayor, Waldemar Kleinschmidt (CDU), the Federal garden show in the short term, in the Lausitz.More about
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"Kleinschmidt has managed at the time that the Cottbus rolled up instead of complaining the Sleeves and ranklotzten," said Kettlitz. They were also proud of their city. Therefore, it is good that the current mayor Holger chalice (CDU) received the among other things, by Waldemar Kleinschmidt and the Baltic Association submitted a proposal to bring a Federal garden show to Cottbus. The city is applying for the Buga 2033. The former area will have totally changed, says Kettlitz. He wishes that these changes will be active and optimistic, designed by the citizens of the city. True to the ancient Chinese motto: "When the Wind of change blows, some build walls and others windmills."