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Presentation of the Council for the Defense of the Northwest of the Region of Murcia in Bullas (10/06/2019)

They will hardly reach good status in 2027, the last deadline set by the EU in the WFD (Water Framework Directive)

Last Thursday, June 6, in the Plenary Hall of the City of Bullas and before thirty neighbors, the official presentation of the COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE NORTHWEST, a platform formed by irrigators, ecologists, and neighbors of the localities of the region concerned about the overexploitation of aquifers, pollution and the deterioration of the natural and cultural heritage of the region.

In the act took place the intervention, among others, of the National Environmental Award, writer, environmental activist and university professor Pedro Costa Morata, President of the platform, which warned of the serious defenselessness before which is the citizenship in front of a inoperative administration, if not accomplice, which is allowing the irresponsible expansion of irrigation, outside the law and seriously threatening the survival of rivers, sources and traditional irrigation of the region.

Then spoke the spokesman of the Council, Alfonso Sanchez, showing, with official data, that each time we have more affected aquifers, so he warned of the serious problem of nitrate contamination of many of the main bodies of groundwater that is also affecting to the Comarca, among them those of the Bajo Quípar aquifer, located north of Bullas, very close to the Copa, with higher rates than the Mar Menor, contamination that is also manifesting in the Caravaca aquifers.

He stressed that in a global balance, in quantity and quality, which includes pollution and / or overexploitation, 67% of the masses of groundwater, of the Segura Basin, are in serious risk of not reaching the global good status in 2021.

And the worst of all, is that no solutions are being put to this scenario, since most of the water masses affected will hardly reach good status in 2027, the last deadline set by the EU in the WFD (Framework Directive of water).

Therefore, Sanchez denounced the inaction in all areas with responsibility, when he reported the various writings submitted to the Hydrographic Confederation of Segura and the steps taken to know the status of the complaints filed with the Prosecutor of Murcia, about to be fulfilled the maximum term of instruction, steps that, for the moment, have not given any response, measure or satisfactory solution.

Finally, Alfonso Sánchez called for the citizenship of the region, as well as their municipalities, to be clearly involved, so that within the scope of their powers, join the work and the demands of the Council, so we want to meet with all of them, because we face very serious threats, difficult to repair, so we have to be able to achieve the social mobilization of the Shire, if possible with the Town Councils at the head.

Pedro Costa recalled that next Tuesday, 11, we have convened a meeting of the Council in Navares (Caravaca), to specify the initiatives to take in the situation in which we find ourselves.

Source: Agencias

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