RESEARCH is underway to reduce the amount of nutrients entering the Mar Menor and damaging the local ecosystem.
As reported in the Euro Weekly News last week, the lagoon is deteriorating rapidly and its recovery is predicted to take decades even if damaging human practices are nipped in the bud.
The research group ‘Environmental Soil Science, Chemistry and Agricultural Technology’ of the School of Agronomists of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) are developing a pilot plant with artificial wetlands for the treatment of agricultural drainage waters of the Campo de Cartagena, in order to purify the water and reduce the waste entering the Mar Menor.
Their pilot plant is located in an area of 2,000 square metres within the waste water treatment plant of Los Alcazares.
The project is being funded by the Regional Entity for Sanitation and Waste Water Treatment (ESAMUR), attached to the Ministry of Water, Agriculture and Environment of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia. It is being developed in collaboration with researchers from the Department of Ecology and Hydrology of the Faculty of Biology of the University of Murcia (UMU).
Numerous different designs for the artificial wetlands have been created which will be constructed and results monitored for a least a year.