June 2, 2023

The Palos de la Frontera Irrigation Communityas part of his campaign #DroughtCanBeAvoidedhas requested the impulse of the works of the alcolea dam to save Huelva from “a future ruin” that may be generated by the lack of rain and the scarcity of infrastructure to take advantage of the water resources available to the province.

As indicated by the CR Palos, these works are “of vital importance for the province of Huelva” especially for the Tinto-Odiel-Piedras Hydrographic Demarcation and would mean taking advantage of more than 150 more cubic hectometres thanks to the regulation of the Odiel and Oraque allowing the use of water that is currently “thrown into the sea” and will even serve to release resources from the Chanza.

From the CR Palos they have recalled that the works were awarded and began in 2012 with a favorable Environmental Impact Statement (DIA) that is still in force and with a budget for its execution, but administrative problems and the negligence of the Government of Spain maintain the dam without running.

However, “there is no objective reason for not restarting and completing this dam, which has all the legal congratulations”, for which reason “the lack of political will” and the “irresponsibility of the current government” are attributed to the fact that “Today we do not have basic infrastructure and that would be of vital importance to guarantee the economic future of the province.”

Similarly, from the CR Palos they have recalled that the Alcolea dam project is included within the Law of the Transfer to the County, approved in 2018 by the Government of Pedro Sánchez and that therefore it is a guarantee to “carry the water superficial to Doñana to put an end to the water problems of its aquifer, and consolidate the irrigation of all its region”, all the more reason to start it up with the greatest possible urgency.

The Alcolea dam will have a height of 65 meters and a crest length of 520 meters with a reservoir capacity of 274 cubic hectometres.

In the midst of the dry season and with 25% restrictions on irrigation, this resource is not being used, which would have been “very important” since the exceptional situation could mean an “economic catastrophe for the future campaign”, especially if it continues without rain and it they reach restrictions of 50% as contemplated by the legislation.

From the Community of Irrigators Palos de la Frontera they estimate that it is “precisely in times of drought when more influence is needed in the regulation works” for which reason the current government policy that opts “to destroy dams instead of building them” is not understood.

According to sources from the Ministry of Ecological Transition itself, some twenty dams have been demolished in recent months, such as Anllarinos in León, Yecla in Salamanca, Inturia in Navarra, Río Torío in León, Las Pericas in Albacete, Narboneta in Cuenca or Robledo de Chavela in Madrid. In addition, those of Valdecaballeros in Badajoz and Los Toranes in Teruel are hanging by a thread. The complete list of dams, dams, mills, pools, steps and stations and crossings suppressed by the Government amounts to 559.

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