In­vest­ment to pro­tect the Mar Menor

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Nuria Pérez TWO mea­sures to pro­tect the Mar Menor and im­prove its en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tion have been ap­proved by Mur­cia re­gional gov­ern­ment.

A to­tal of €153,300 will be in­vested in sci­en­tific re­search into the wa­ter ex­change be­tween the Mar Menor and the Mediter­ranean Sea.

It will be car­ried out by pro­fes­sors from Carta­gena’s Poly­tech­nic Uni­ver­sity and is based on es­ti­mat­ing the amount of wa­ter which passes be­tween the two seas in 2019.

The Mar Menor and the Mediter­ranean are linked through sev­eral channels named ‘ go­las’, but in re­cent years their depths have been dra­mat­i­cally re­duced, lead­ing to a marked re­duc­tion in the amount of wa­ter flow­ing in and out of the Mar Menor.

The aim of the re­search is to help the au­thor­i­ties and sci­en­tists take mea­sures and launch plans to pro­tect the vast la­goon.

A re­gional gov­ern­ment spokesman noted that the wa­ter ex­change is one of the most im­por­tant nat­u­ral pro­ce­dures for the Mar Menor as it pro­vides fresh and clean wa­ter but main­tains the higher salin­ity lev­els in the la­goon.

The spokesman also re­vealed that €340,000 will be in­vested in a sta­tion to treat brine com­ing from farm­ers’ de­sali­na­tion plants and pre­vent it flow­ing into the Mar Menor.

Farm­ers have been us­ing drought­well wa­ter to ir­ri­gate their crops but it has very high salin­ity lev­els and has to be treated.

Read about a Fin­nish pro­fes­sor’s in­no­va­tive pro­posal to elim­i­nate pol­lu­tion from the Mar Menor us­ing a pump sys­tem on p4 of the Costa Liv­ing sup­ple­ment.

The Mar Menor close to the En­cañizada de la Torre area in San Pe­dro del Pi­natar

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