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Lippe River

The Lippe is a river in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is an affluent of the Rhine and 255 km in length.

The source is located at the edge of the Teutoburg Forest in Bad Lippspringe close to the city of Paderborn. It runs westward through Lippstadt and then along the northern edge of the Ruhr area. The river finally enters the Rhine at Wesel.

Due to industrial effluents and straightenings of the river's course the Lippe was in an ecological disastrous condition. Currently there are measures to revive the river fauna.

The territory of Lippe is named after the river. It was a state within the Holy Roman Empire and today is a district of North Rhine-Westphalia.