THE Mar Menor is dying and the marine life being poisoned by pollutant waste according to a group of dedicated individuals who are petitioning the government to save the unique site which is popular with British tourists and expats.
Led by Bill Hulse, the group of passionate environmentalists have banded together to pressure the council into making the necessary adjustments to the Mar Menor’s flood and drainage systems.
And they are appealing for members of the public to sign a petition they have set up at www.change.org ‘Petition. Save the Mar Menor’.
The Mar Menor is a serene body of water boasting unique geological formations and interesting aquatic inhabitants such as seahorses making it a snorkeler’s paradise.
Addressed to politicians and officials, the petition reads: “The Mar Menor is unique in Europe, and perhaps the world. Now it is slowly dying, and the marine creatures, such as the sea horses, that live in it are being poisoned, as are the surrounding beaches.
“The discharge of polluting products from agriculture, especially nitrates, as well as sewage, industrial discharges, etc, continue to enter the Mar Menor. Also, the flooding around the Los Alcazares area is getting worse every year, adding to the pollution, and people’s homes are being threatened.”
The group claims the “main reason for these disasters is the failure of authorities and politicians alike to ensure that the canals and waterways are constructed to prevent flooding, are kept clear and in good repair and that they do not allow pollutants to reach the water’s edge”.
“Please sign the petition and help us protect the environment, and the people who live near to and around the Mar Menor,” added Bill Hulse.