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Regional table of water, agriculture and environment (01/02/2020)

They denounce the authentic lack of control of the CHS, and the tremendous resulting excesses: At this point the fulfillment of the objectives of the DMA (Water Framework Directive), is neither for 2021, nor is it expected for 2027.

As far as the Northwest is concerned, nitrate contamination is increasing in the last three years, in the case of Caravaca groundwater.

31-1-2020: At the presentation of the Council last January 27 in Calasparra, it was attended by its President, Pedro Costa Morata, Alfonso Sánchez (spokesman) and María Cano, representing PCSLF (Cuenca Platform of Segura Libre de Fracking), and of Alonso Torrente, Councilor and coordinator of the Council in Calasparra:

Pedro Costa referred to the "need to protect and safeguard traditional irrigation, combating the overwhelming of large companies and the trap that has become the modernization of irrigation that has opened the door to this tremendous lack of control."

Alfonso Sánchez explained that "70% of the groundwater bodies are in a bad global state and at serious risk of not meeting the environmental objectives in 2027 (maximum deadline set by the EU WFD). Among these groundwater bodies, there are those of Bullas, Bajo Quípar and Caravaca, either due to the overexploitation of the first one or all of them contamination, as far as the Northwest is concerned, nitrate contamination is increasing in the last three years, such is the case of groundwater from Caravaca

Also, since 2015, the Sinclinal de Calasparra is threatened with overexploitation, for the more 30 hm3 / year that has been extracted from the battery of drought wells of the CHS, which together with other private wells located on farms adjacent to the Segura, we estimate in another 20 Hm3 / annual extracted that are carried through the Segura River.

In short, large volumes of the Northwest that end in the area of ​​Alicante, Campo de Cartagena, Totana, Lorca and bordering areas of Almeria, which involve a detraction of aquifer resources of the Northwest and the Segura River to the detriment of the rights downstream of the Azud de Ojós.

Specifically, the Sinclinal de Calasparra has been supporting, in addition, several intensive and sustained farms destined to the irrigation of the Tajo-Segura transfer, pumping of the CRR Cañada del Judío wells, wells of the Central User Board North of Vega del Río Segura and drought wells of the CHS, aggravating the negative hydrological and environmental impacts on the aquifer and on the Segura River, affecting the historical rights of other users.

Some of the worrying data that the CHS has made known when publicizing the document Provisional Outline of Important Issues for the revision of the Basin Plan for the third planning cycle, 2021-2027, are the 68,505 hectares of illegal irrigation that it recognizes the document, throughout the Basin, estimating the volume of groundwater extracted in 2018 at 474 hm3 / year, although of that amount, only 217 hm3 have passed through the mandatory meters.

This confirms, Sanchez said: a real lack of control in the CHS, and the tremendous resulting excesses, so at this point the fulfillment of the objectives of the DMA is neither for 2021, nor is it expected for 2027. Will it give you anything else? What a "pull of ears" the EU to the Confederation ?.

Will someone assume their responsibilities?

In this situation, he stressed that we have to mobilize, we have no other, so: "We will not consent to our beloved Northwest, the only thing that still saves a little, end up resembling the environmental disaster of the Mar Menor or the tremendous overexploitation of all the aquifers of the Altiplano ".

For this we must join forces in the Northwest, as we said in the previous presentation in Bullas, so that starting from the Town Halls, which are not doing their part, the following is constituted: "THE REGIONAL TABLE OF WATER, AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT", with the broadest institutional and sectoral representation of the Region.

And so we want to send it to all the municipalities, encouraging them to present and allegations, within a period of 6 months, to the revision of the Segura Basin Plan.

María Cano, stressed the importance and obligation of the administrations to preserve the Sinclinal de Calasparra as a strategic reserve, but for the essential uses of the Basin, specifically for supply, in an emergency situation due to drought, and not others.

He recalled that in the Segura Basin several hydrocarbon research permits are still in force such as LEO and Scorpio, warning that the objective of LEO is the location of a first exploratory survey that would cross the Sinclinal de Calasparra.

These permits pursue the search for hydrocarbons through hydraulic fractures, with the unattainable risks that come with both health, and the environment, such as pollution of groundwater and surface water.

Source: Agencias

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