Dredging time ahead

FREE FLOW: Segura gets clean-up investment

THE Spanish Ministry for Agriculture, Fishing, Food and the Environment has agreed to spend €347,000 to clean up the Rio Segura in Rojales.

In association with the Segura Hydrographic Confederation (CHS), they will be working to remove the build up of sediment caused by the severe storms in December which has restricted the flow of water.  It’s estimated that 26,000 cubic hectometres was deposited upstream from under the weir near the Puente Carlos III.

Tests on the material have shown that the sediment can be used in the local agriculture industry, so won’t go to waste.

In a related story, a further €2,567,988 has been assigned by central government to repair damage to rivers and their infrastructure throughout the Alicante Province.   The list of planned works include general cleaning, rebuilding channels, and clearing out the flotsam in and around the Rio Segura.  Emphasis will be placed at points in the river at Beniel, Orihuela, Formentera, Rojales and Guardamar del Segura.

Further upriver in Murcia, similar works will be carried out that will have a positive effect on the future safety of the Vega Baja by limiting the risk of flooding.

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