Last modified: 2007-11-24 by ivan sache
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The municipality of Geer (2,946 inhabitants on 1 July 2007; 2,362 ha) is located in the region of Hesbaye, in the north-west of the Province of Liège. The municipality of Geer is made since 1976 of the former municipalities of Geer, Boëlhe, Darion, Hollogne-sur-Geer, Lens-Saint-Servais, Ligney and Omal.
Geer is watered by the river that gave its name to the village. The Geer (in Dutch, Jeker) takes its sources in Abolens and Lens-Saint-Rémy, crosses the border with the Netherlands in Riemst and flows into the Meuse / Maas (left bank). Until 1991, the river was extremely polluted because of the intensive agriculture and the agro-industries located in its valley. A survey made by the University of Liège yielded only two species of fishes including the stickleback, not an indicator of good water quality, found mostly in the secondary tributaries of the Geer. The pollution decreased over the last decades and fishes have been reintroduced in the upper valley of Geer.
Ivan Sache, 7 July 2007
According to Armoiries communales en Belgique. Communes wallonnes, bruxelloises et germanophones, Geer does not have a municipal flag.
A photography by Jean-Paul Grandmont, available on Wikipedia, shows an odd flag display in front of the town hall of Geer, with the three flags of the European Union, Belgium and Wallonia hoisted on the same mast, one above each other.
Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 7 July 2007