Tuesday, September 21

Let’s change Orihuela defends the protection of traditional irrigation and calls the Tagus water management “opaque”

Traditional vegetable garden of the Vega Baja

Traditional vegetable garden of the Vega Baja
Traditional irrigation ditch of the Vega Baja garden

Cambiemos Orihuela, Podemos Alicante and Podemos Elche have wanted to make a joint contribution to the debate on the new rules approved by the Tajo-Segura Transfer Exploitation Commission. Through a statement, they convey their “preference for the sustainable regulation of the flows of the Tajo-Segura Transfer and bet on prioritizing policies in favor of traditional irrigation and the defense of the atraditional griculture, severely affected by the instability and opacity of the transferred water management”.

The three local groups defend that the stabilization of the transferred volumes aims to avoid emergency situations and shortages due to drought. They recall that “the main problem comes from disastrous planning and collusion with illicit practices for years in the Segura basin itself.”

For the three formations, given “the context of the climate crisis, together with the characteristics of the Mediterranean climate, which will aggravate the episodes of drought in our country, the situation requires medium and long-term planning that includes adaptation measures in the face of collapse. environmental”. Among others, always according to these leftist formations, the bet “for self-sufficiency, the regulation of uncontrolled urban planning of macro-urbanizations and golf courses, putting an end to illegal irrigation transformations and the extraction of water from wells and overexploitation of aquifers, as contemplated in the European Union’s Water Framework Directive for 2027 ”.

Cambiemois demands the regulation of an urbanism that it considers “uncontrolled” of macro-urbanizations and golf courses and “to put an end to illegal irrigation transformations and the extraction of water from wells and overexploitation of aquifers”

We can Elche, We can Alicante and Let’s change Orihuela affirm that “We are aware that there are also small and medium irrigators whose resources depend on the Transfer. What is evident is that the transfer forces them to be in a situation of permanent war and anxiety, both against other territories and against ecological sustainability.”.

The formations insist “that there are technically feasible and environmentally sustainable solutions to protect agriculture that does generate economic and social value with its own resources and affordable prices. ”

In addition, they point out that “they are committed to a water transition that guarantees the future of our regions based on sustainability criteria, preservation of river ecosystems and the traditional garden, which we insist is the least benefited from this artificial war for water. At the same time, it is committed to promoting and conserving traditional uses that respect the natural environment such as rainfed crops, supporting their added value, as one of the mechanisms to move towards a less dependent model ”.

In the Vega Baja, 19,000 hectares are still irrigated with waters from the Segura basin through the secular irrigation system of the orchard in Orihuela, Almoradí, Jacarilla, Benejúzar, Benijófar, Formentera del Segura, Dolores, Catral, San Fulgencio, Daya Nueva, Daya Vieja, Bigastro, Cox, Granja de Rocamora, Callosa de Segura, Rojales and Guardamar del Segura. In addition, the waters of the Segura continue to feed the Hondo de Elche. Although the serious problems of pollution by industrial and urban waste of the 80s and 90s were alleviated in part with the construction of treatment plants and greater control of discharges, the huertanos continue to receive a flow with high salinity, in addition to fighting with the Hydrographic Confederation for maintaining an irrigation flow -there are occasions when even the ecological one is compromised and the river barely carries water-.


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