The Segura Hydrographic Confederation (CHS), an agency under the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, has begun work on the recovery of the river Segura between the municipalities of Ojós and Molina de Segura.
The works, which involve an investment of 150,000 euros, have begun in the town of Ulea and will soon follow in Ojós, Archena, Alguazas and Molina de Segura, although during the works will see the convenience of acting also in other localities in the area .
This intervention is included in the emergency works designed to mitigate the damages caused by the December floods approved by the Government of Spain.
The tasks consist in firstly recovering the hydraulic section of the river Segura in order to guarantee the safety of the channel in case of avenues that traditionally accompany the autumn storms.
These works include the recovery of slopes eroded by the force of the waters.
It is also eliminating reeds and reeds whose invasive action may also be detrimental to the proper hydraulic functioning of the river.
These works will be carried out in a specific way in different points of the section of the river included between the mentioned localities.
Environmental constraints to act in the channel have led the basin body to start the works at this time.
Plantation against the reeds
In addition, an important novelty of the work being carried out by the CHS is that in the fall will take advantage of cuts of invasive vegetation to realize plantations of native species.
This is how to recover the riparian forest, one of more effective measures to prevent reeds from growing again, as demonstrated by other projects coordinated by the Confederation, such as Life + Segura Riverlink or Ripisilvanatura.
As far as Ulea is concerned, it is actually being done on the left bank, as it has a considerable invasion of invasive vegetation, which has reduced the river's hydraulic section.
Also due to the curve in the Segura in this section, there has been the detachment of part of the existing slope due, fundamentally, to the erosive effect of the action of water.