Contemporary environs of watercourses in Szczyrk – the Silesian Beskids

Mariusz Łysień


As a town of abundant natural environment resources, Szczyrk provides a good example of the spatial transformations taking place in recent years. The changes also affect watercourses and areas indicated as eligible for the status of protected areas. Nevertheless, the changes now in progress not only fail to comply with the currently valid trends in architecture and urban planning, but also frequently copy erroneous solutions from the past. The existing situation calls for undertaking appropriate actions for the future, which will enable preservation of the natural environment in the possibly unchanged form so that it could coexist with humans and their activities.

Słowa kluczowe: Szczyrk, rivers, urbanized area, protected area, natural environment, riverbed, watercourse, public space, the Beskids

Silesian Voivodeship Land Use Plan of 2004.

Water Law – an act passed on the 18th July 2001.

Directive 2000/60/EC of the 23rd Oct. 2000, the so-called Water Framework Directive.

Local Land Use Plan for the Town of Szczyrk – together with its visual attachment No. 1 to the Szczyrk Town Council Resolution No. XXXIX/226/2006 of the 5th January 2006.

Extract from the Study of Land Use Conditions and Directions for the Town of Szczyrk – appendix “C” – “Principles and directions of spatial policy design / structure of settlement, transportation, functional and spatial layout, recreation, sport / set against the background of the land structure”.

Nature Conservation Act of the 16th April 2004 (J. of L. of 2004, No. 92).

Sozological maps of the areas at present located within the boundaries of the Silesian Voivodeship – prepared by “GEPOL”, Poznań 1995, approved by the Chief National Land Surveyor, Warszawa 1995.