Bid to keep river clean

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A PRO­POSAL to keep the River Vi­nalopó clean in Elche has been dis­cussed by the mu­nic­i­pal en­vi­ron­ment com­mit­tee.

En­vi­ron­ment coun­cil­lor An­to­nio Gar­cía said the net­work of drains in the city cen­tre has sev­eral out­lets which can carry float­ing ob­jects into the river when there is heavy rain. He said ob­jects that end up on the banks in the chan­nelled ur­ban sec­tion of the Vi­nalopó can be cleaned with­out too much dif­fi­culty, but the ones that be­come trapped in the river­bank veg­e­ta­tion down­river are im­pos­si­ble to re­move with­out up­root­ing this plant life.

The prob­lem has re­sulted in com­plaints from the pub­lic. The idea is to cre­ate bar­ri­ers by plant­ing reeds down­river that will block the pas­sage of float­ing ob­jects and cre­ate ar­eas where they are eas­ier to re­move. Th­ese would be in­stalled from the Puente de Bar­rachina away from the city cen­tre.

The project has been pre­sented to the River Jú­car basin water author­ity for au­tho­ri­sa­tion.

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