The Regional Ministry of the Environment has published this Thursday a document of specific actions that the Autonomous Community is carrying out in favour of the protection and recovery of the Mar Menor, “a living and constantly evolving document given that day by day progress is being made in the application of actions focused on the recovery of the ecosystem”.
This was explained by the Minister for Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Environment and Emergencies, Antonio Luengo, during his appearance after the Governing Council, where he acknowledged that “it is just as important to work for the Mar Menor as it is to tell and transmit it so that society is aware of it”.
“It is a living document, in continuous evolution, which we will post on the Canal Mar Menor website, updating it every month so that anyone can access all the information at the click of a button,” he said, adding that “it contains eleven sections detailing the actions, their cost and the initiatives that will be developed imminently.
Firstly, it explains the legislation passed since 2017 and the plans and strategies designed for the recovery of the Mar Menor and “details the actions at source that have allowed agriculture, livestock, urban planning, tourism or fishing to adapt so that their activity does not damage the ecosystem,” he explained.
On the other hand, there is a section dedicated to inspection “which includes the number of controls, the hectares reviewed or those restored after receiving from the CHS the file on illegal irrigation”, as well as initiatives such as bioreactors and green filters “palliative actions to remove nutrients from the water that enters the ecosystem on a daily basis while the Government of Spain does not assume its responsibility to control the water that enters the Mar Menor through wadis”.
In the same way, a review is made of the construction of environmental tanks to collect water in the event of heavy rainfall, for which 20 million euros have been invested, “with the clearest example being the Torre Pacheco tank, which will be completed in a few weeks”, as well as “the work on sewage and rainwater pipes to repair them and prevent them from leaking into the Mar Menor”, Luengo pointed out.
“It is also essential that everyone knows what we do in terms of wastewater treatment, as it is another issue that some people take advantage of to try to confuse, generating fears in the population and misinforming about it, when we are the region of Spain that most treats its water and an example worldwide”.
Similarly, and in terms of biomass removal, “we have already removed 14,300 tonnes from the Mar Menor, of which 5,900 tonnes were in 2022 alone”, explained the councillor. Finally, chapter 11 deals with research, monitoring and scientific follow-up of the Mar Menor.
“In this way we want no one to continue repeating mantras and falsehoods such as that the regional government does nothing to recover the Mar Menor, that it does not inspect, that it does not act at source or a series of phrases that look very good as political slogans but do not contribute anything,” concluded the councillor.