The Board activates the Management Committee for the Mediterranean Basin in Almería, stopped from 2015

Panoramic Marsh Cuevas.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Cattle raising, Fishing and Sustainable Development of the Board has activated for the first time the Management Committee of Almería, province that is within the hydrographic demarcation of the Andalusian Mediterranean Basins.

The management committees of the intra-community hydrographic basins are participation bodies that the previous Andalusian Executive created in the year 2015, but what “neither summoned nor set them in motion”, the Board has stated in a note.

The team led by counselor Carmen Crespo “is firmly betting on public participation in water decision-making, not only through the implementation of the Andalusian Pact for Water, but also activating now all the management committees of the internal basins”.

In Almería within the scope of this activation, through videoconference and with wide participation, this committee chaired by the territorial delegate of Agriculture has been set up, Cattle raising, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Aranzazu Martin, and in which the general directors of Planning and Water Resources have participated, Fernando Delgado, and Water Infrastructure, Sergio Arjona.

Representatives of economic and social agents have also been integrated into these committees., environmental organizations and representatives of water users.

The agenda for the course of the meeting has also included reports on the hydrological situation in the Almanzora River Basin, irrigation of the Almanzora Valley and the supply to the east of Almería, as well as the Adra River basin and the Campo de Dalías aquifer.

As regards the Adra River Basin and the Campo de Dalías aquifer, In the coming months, work will begin on the Beninar Canal and on the prevention of catastrophes and the implementation of the emergency plan, which will represent an investment greater than 10 million.

Also, hydrological year has been reported 2018-2019 and what happened during the year 2020 with the announcement that it will comply with the trend of recent years, namely, a larger deficit than the historical average (349,8mm) of the latter 29 years old; in this case the 64,32 percent.

It tends to be similar in terms of monthly data to what happened during the period 2001-2002, reason why we fear a drastic reduction of the precipitations in the second semester. Something similar happens with contributions (13,29 cubic are), being its reduction with respect to that historical average of 35 percent.

Unlike the hydrological year 2018-2019 which started with a useful Packed Volume of 9,37 cubic are, the current one has been 6,86 cubic are, representing a decrease in the available volume of 2,52 cubic are, although slightly higher than the average of the historical series of the last 17 years that is 6,01 cubic are.

This has allowed us to supply water for consumption in irrigation of the Almería West through the Central Board of Users of the Almería West that during the hydrological year 2018-2019 amounted to 7,11 cubic are, which meant an increase of 0,42 cubic are, compared to the one supplied the previous year.

For his part, and as regards the Almanzora and Levante region, It is informed, in terms of rainfall, that this hydrological year 2019-20, the registered rains have an accumulated of 196,8 mm in System V which is a figure higher than the annual historical average of 124,0 mm.

Hydrological year ended 2018/19, an increase in precipitation is observed with respect to the average. The rainfall in September made it accumulate 10,66 cubic hectometers of runoff into the dam.

So too, the contributions received by the Cuevas del Almanzora Reservoir during the hydrological year 2019-2020 (to march), have been 0,93 cubic hectometers of river runoff as well as external contributions from the Negratín Transfer (6,6 cubic are ) and the Carboneras desalination plant (3,37 cubic are ) to total 10,91 cubic are. Currently the dam has accumulated some 33 cubic are (a 21 percent of the total).

Source: EuropaPress