In recent days, citizens, groups, and political parties demanded a solution for the Las Salinas canal that was damaged. This has caused the ponds in Las Salinas to dry up, and flamingos as well as birds to flee the ponds. Union Salinera, the company responsible for salt extraction facilities in Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park has been asked by the Junta de Andalucia to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and return the wetland back to its normal state.
Raquel Espin (territorial delegate for Sustainable Development) has asked the company to restore seawater supply to the Salinas de Cabo de Gata to "as soon possible" to restore normality to this artificial wetland in the Almeria nature park.
Espin insists on the need to find a technical solution that addresses a "temporary, temporary" problem in this area. The delegate pointed out that, after having reviewed various projects to restore seawater supply, Espin believes that the company must get to work to solve the problem as soon as possible.
The Mediterranean Ecologist Group recently condemned the situation. Although the problem was known for months, the Board explains that it received "the first authorizations to assess the problem, which turned up to be more than anticipated. Raquel Espin stated that the situation is complicated due to obstructions in 400m of the gallery. This requires a specialist company. Delegate highlighted that they are continuing to monitor the actions and will help them to resolve this problem as soon as possible.
The torrential rains that were recorded in the area this spring have caused problems in the infrastructure transporting seawater to the Salinas. The storm caused landslides and partial land slides from the mountain that have obstructed the Salinas seawater supply gallery. The tunnel is now almost entirely blocked by sediments, mostly debris and landslides, that have been forced inside the locks.
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According to the Territorial Delegation for Sustainable Development, the company was urged to restore salt water supply as soon as possible after the "serious" situation was made public. Espin says that other solutions have been explored, including the "placing of a bomb to ensure the tunnel is not blocked with heavy machinery, or the installation an underwater pipeline."