Ruwer

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Ruwer
Ruwertal kasel waldrach.jpg
Ruwer valley near Kasel.
Country Germany
Basin features
Main source Hunsrück
River mouth Moselle
Basin size 238 km2 (92 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 46 km (29 mi)

The Ruwer is a river in Germany with a length of 46 kilometres (29 mi). It is a right tributary of the Moselle. The valley of the Ruwer is a part of the Moselle wine-growing region near Trier in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is famous for its Riesling wines, see Ruwer (region), and, prior to 1 August 2007, the Moselle region used to be known as Moselle-Saar-Ruwer.

In the lower Ruwer valley are the villages of Waldrach, Kasel, Mertesdorf, Eitelsbach and Ruwer.

History[edit]

The Roman city of Trier (Augusta Treverorum) was supplied with water by the Roman Ruwer Aqueduct, which delivered up to 25,000 cubic metres per day.

In A.D. 371, the Ruwer was mentioned by the Roman poet, Ausonius, in his poem, Mosella as follows: "The Ruwer turns the corn-grinding millstones in giddy whirls and draws the shrieking saws through smooth marble blocks."

Tributaries[edit]

Stream index number (FGKZ) Name[1] Length
(km)
Catchment area
(km²)
265600000 Ruwer 48.72 237.300
265694000 Parkbach (Avel) 2.40 3.593
265692000 Benninger Bach 2.65 1.931
265678000 Korlingerbach 0.84 0.711
265676000 Waldbach 2.41 2.563
265671200 Geizenburger Waschbach 1.51 1.810
265659200 Alkenbach 1,03 0,889
265654000 Klinkbach 5.37 10.627
265654400 Reiperterbach 2.15 1.708
265654200 Ronnerwiesbach 1.35 1.697
265640000 Großbach 7.67 27.769
265642000 Eselsbach 6.69 8.628
265644000 Ellerborn (Kittelbach) 1.54 1.533
265636000 Waldbach (Weiherbach) 4.22 5.513
265636200 Bach am Willemskopf 0.96 1.214
265634000 Burkelsbach 5.28 18.867
265634200 Aalbach 1.44 3.285
265634420 Siebenborn 2.43 3.801
265634422 Sternhausbach 1.22 1.434
265634400 Winkelbach (Pehlbach) 1.59 8.893
265634440 Hinzerter Bach 2.21 3.771
265614000 Kahlbach (Mühlscheider Bach) 2.09 8.027
265614200 Rothbach 2.73 3.923
265612000 Gimpelswiesenbach 1.87 2.476
265620000 Lehbach (Spalbach) 6.60 12.794
265622000 Ellersbach (Kreidbach) 3.21 2.374
265624000 Marscheiderbach (Gondersbach) 2.57 4.175
265624220 Bach vom Kellergebrüche 0.66 0.389
265624200 Bach vom Lindenhof 0.86 0.808
265632000 Flonterbach 2.67 3.173
265656000 Burg Heid-Bach 2.07 2.938
265656200 Bach am Heidkopf 0.97 1.041
265662000 Neukreutzbach 2.85 2.365
265660000 Rauruwer 6.13 10.042
265672200 Kieweringsbach 1.14 1.005
265672000 Entergraben und Grindelbach 6.52 10.043
265673200 Rotegraben 2.71 3.987
265674200 Scheisingsgraben 1.02 0.824
265674000 Starkelsgraben 1.92 1.620
265686000 Kallerbach 1.19 0.889
265683200 Edriesbach 1.18 1.881
265682000 Altweiherbach 1.78 2.532
265680000 Riveris und Eschbach 13.28 28.866
265684000 Misselbach 3.23 3.693
265687200 Thielenbach 2.91 3.720
265688000 Bausbach 3.76 7.455

Other tributaries of the Ruwer include the Apfelbach, Borgraben, Eitelsbach, Gusterather Waschbach, Kundelbach, Labach, Moertschelbach, Rimperterbach, Wenigbach, Wenzelbach and the Wilzenburger Waschbach.[2]

Mills[edit]

There are, or were, several water mills in the Ruwer region: Alte Mühle Kell am See, Mühlscheider Hof in Kahlbach, Schillingen Mill Lehbach, Niederkell Mill, Unterste Mühle at Burkelsbach, Saw mill at Burkelsbach, Waldweiler Mill, Niederzerfer Mill on the Ruwer, Hauser Mill on the Ruwer, Mill at Großbach in Zerf, Kramesmühle Hentern, Hentern Mill, Lampaden Mill at Reiperter Bach, Benrath Mill at Klinkbach, Burg Heid Mill, Hinzenburg Mill, Heddert Mill on the Rauruwer, Little Geizenburg Mill, Pluwiger Hammer, Mill at Enterbach, Raulsmühle near Lonzenburg, Mill in Sommerau and another mill, Korlingen Mill, Herrgottsmühle (Morscheid Mill), Studentenmühle, Lichtenthalsmühle, Schleifmühle at the Riveris mouth in Waldrach, Schmelzmühle Waldrach, Schneidemühle Riveris, Feilensmühle Riveris, Osburger Mühle## on the Riveris, Alte Dorfmühle Waldrach (Scherfsmühle), Ölmühle,[3] Welschmühle Waldrach, Mills in Kasel, Karlsmühle Mertesdorf, Reisenmühle, Grünhäuser Mill, Hüstermühle Trier-Ruwer, Lambertysmühle, Felsenmühle, etc.

Biology[edit]

In and by the Ruwer live numerous rare and protected species, such as the bullhead,[4] dipperl,[5] purple emperor butterfly and the kingfisher.[4] Until the 1940s, salmon were still caught in the Ruwer.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geoexplorer of the Rhineland-Palatinate Water Authority (Wasserwirtschaftsverwaltung Rheinland-Pfalz)
  2. ^ Gebietskarte Gewässerprojekt Ruwer at the Wayback Machine (archived October 7, 2007)
  3. ^ Chronicle of Waldrach with information about the mills in Waldrach
  4. ^ a b Mentioned in Project Natura 2000
  5. ^ Dippers on the Ruwer
  6. ^ Report on salmon in the Ruwer (pdf; 138 kB)
Ruwer spring

Coordinates: 49°47′N 6°42′E / 49.783°N 6.700°E / 49.783; 6.700