In order to guarantee water safety in North Groningen in the future, a new pumping station with a larger capacity is being built in Zoutkamp and the quays in the village are being raised. This enormous flood risk management task, caused by climate change, has been tackled by the government as an integrated area task together with the municipality of Het Hogeland, the province of Groningen and the inhabitants of Zoutkamp. This provides a reason for improving safety and livability.
As part of this larger project, the monumental Hunsingo lock will be renovated and converted into a sash lock. A new bicycle connection will be constructed across the Reitdiep and the area in between will be redesigned to clarify the routing and improve safety. By realizing new connections, moorings, and viewing points, the two interventions are brought together. The total project offers added value on a large scale for the quality of life and recreational opportunities in Zoutkamp.