Ombudsman launches river probe

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Ombudsman launches river probe
RIO AGUAS: The rivermouth in Mojacar Photo credit: Digigalos

ANDALUCIA’S Ombudsman will investigate rubbish “systematically” dumped on the banks of the River Aguas in Mojacar.

Reports in the provincial Spanish media and residents have traced the rubbish to gravel and aggregate firms that allegedly leave tons of rubble on the riverbanks.

A communique from the Ombudsman’s office referred to “possible permissiveness” on the part of the Public Administrations for tolerating the practice for years, which itself was sufficient to warrant an investigation.

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The Ombudsman also announced that should an investigation confirm the presence of large quantities of rubbish this would infringe the right to a “an adequate environment” set out in Article 45 of the Spanish Constitution.

The Ombudsman’s communique arrived after the Junta’s Environment department announced that it would spend €6 million on cleaning and restoring the Aguas riverbed in Bedar, Los Gallardos and Mojacar.

Visiting Mojacar at the end of March, Environment chief Carmen Crespo said that it would be the most extensive riverbed regeneration project carried out in Almeria in recent years.


This, Crespo said, included removing rubbish from the river and its banks, eliminating invasive non-native vegetation and replacing it with 20 different species of 51,000 native plants.


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Linda Hall
Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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