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Situation of the Mar Menor after the floods (08/10/2019)

Counselor and mayors appeal to unity and a greater commitment of all administrations to overcome the situation, after the meeting held in San Javier

The municipality of San Javier hosted today the third meeting of the Inter-Administrative Coordination Forum of the Mar Menor in which the Minister of Agriculture, Water, Livestock, Fisheries and Environment, Antonio Luengo informed the mayors of San Javier, Los Alcázares, San Pedro del Pinatar and Cartagena, on the situation of the Mar Menor after "the critical episode" caused by the floods.

At the Forum meeting, the first one that takes place after DANA, which was also attended by the director general of the Mar Menor, Miriam Pérez and a representative of the Segura Hydrographic Confederation, the actions carried out and planned in the short term were also reported, medium and long term, among other issues related to the recovery of the lagoon.

Antonio Luengo, who referred to the Mar Menor as "a patient who, after improving, returns to the ICU with a reserved prognosis," he said, at the end of the meeting, that as an initial measure, waste was removed from the interior of the Mar Menor. where 4,200 tons have already been extracted in a task that continues daily with a vessel and four brigades.

The Minister of the Environment explained that the environmental monitoring of the Mar Menor yields data such as the reduction of chlorophyll that after peaks of 30-40 micrograms per liter after the floods has returned to 3-4 micrograms per liter that recorded a few days before , although he acknowledged that there are still areas of the Mar Menor with a very low oxygen level, whose consequences for fauna and flora are unknown.

Antonio Luengo highlighted as "fundamental" to prevent water from entering the Mar Menor and pointed out as one of the actions to resolve the contributions that are produced by the Rambla del Albujón especially harmful due to its low salinity and abundance of nutrients.

Luengo stressed the importance of coordination between all administrations and was convinced that "the main actions to protect the Mar Menor must be done in the basin."

Luengo recalled that all actions are being guided by the scientific community and called for tranquility highlighting the involvement of all levels of the Administration to solve a "common problem."

The mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo, who estimated in four million the losses caused by the floods only in the public sector, stressed the importance of the unit at this time and demanded a greater commitment of all administrations to work first in the recovery and protection of the Mar Menor without forgetting the necessary infrastructures that help us defend ourselves from those torrential waters that end up in the municipalities of the Mar Menor.

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier

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