WE STARTED THE YEAR WITHOUT THE PRESENCE OF WATER HYACINTH BETWEEN THE MONTIJO DAM AND THE BORDER WITH PORTUGAL

The section between the Montijo dam and the Portuguese border is without the apparent presence of water hyacinth after completing the removal work around the Puente de los Suspiros in Lobón.

Only the last ten kilometres upstream of the Talavera speed bump remain to be released, which are intended to be cleaned up before the water temperature starts to rise, the Guadiana Confederation reports in a press release.

The lowering of the water temperature (currently around 10ºC) makes the removal of the plant more effective as it slows down its growth and development, making possible the intensive extraction from the banks of the river, the area where the CHG operation focuses its work.

Specifically, there are nine boats aimed at monitoring the sections with no apparent plant presence, located in Medellín, Mérida and Badajoz. In this work of monitoring ACECA participates, co-financed with European Funds in the framework of the program INTERREG V-A Spain- Portugal (POCTEP) with the action of “Prevention, monitoring and alert to control the dispersion of the water hyacinth in the section of the river Guadiana affected between Merida and the border with Portugal” contributing 8 operators, 4 light boats and 1 mechanic.

Three more teams of machinery are employed in the extraction of large stains in the Guadámez, in the municipality of Valdetorres.

Likewise, a team of machinery is working upstream from Merida to ensure the containment and protection of the regional capital.

Finally, two teams of machinery have been set up to complete the extraction work in the area of Lobón.