The Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, and the Murcian President, Fernando López Miras, have today staged the end of the competency disagreements between both administrations to solve the environmental crisis of the Mar Menor and they have called for a fluid dialogue in a commission in which problems that arise when applying measures are reported.
After meeting at the headquarters of the regional government, they have recognized that in the order of priorities there are “discrepancies”, but much more agreement on the overall vision that advances towards the end of the discharge of water with nutrients that have favored the episode of anoxia that it has killed five tons of fish in ten days.
According to Ribera, who proposes meetings every six months, “the technical dialogue in agriculture, environment and water has to be very fluid between the different competent administrations and when the technicians detect a problem, they have to communicate it, because there is a will to solve it” .
“The conviction of the emergency that we had before us has made us reinforce many things, sometimes with the frustration of finding ourselves with something that did not allow us to continue moving forward, and today we have taken a very important step to ensure that the rules are applied”, added the minister.
Ribera has emphasized the need for a “strategic overall vision that requires longer maturity periods to fully get the measures and investments right, so that analysis no longer affects only technicians.”
As both have expressed, there are discrepancies in the order of priorities but much more agreement in that overall vision, but, according to Ribera, “frustration is resolved today with a greater degree of satisfaction, regardless of whether we are aware that we probably have different points of view “.
Among them, what to do with the underground aquifer loaded with fresh water with nitrates, whose phreatic level wants to lower by extracting it by the Murcian Government, but the plant trusts geologists who warn “of how delicate it is to intervene in it”, according to Ribera, who prefers to analyze the matter “carefully”.
Also with the dredging of the Marchamalo gully to allow the exchange of water with the Mediterranean for which the Murcian Government is committed on the recommendation of the members of its scientific advisory committee. But since there are many other researchers who denounce this solution to end the lack of oxygen caused by the eutrophication of the waters, a study is pending that clears the doubts about its effectiveness.
Ribera has applauded the regional ban on the use of inorganic nitrogen fertilizers in the area of direct influence in the lagoon and the reduction by half of all administrative deadlines in the processing of disciplinary proceedings in its area. Both measures announced by the Murcian Government in recent days.
The minister has ruled out as “outdated” the Zero Discharge Plan that López Miras has been demanding for several days -and of national competence-, which only provides for actions in a closed circuit and does not introduce correction variables at source, although she has indicated that some of its measurements can be retaken by resizing them.
Among them, Miras has referred to the north collector to avoid spillages, whose project is already in process, and the denitrification plant, for which it has proposed to the department of Ribera an agreement so that the Murcian Government can take charge of them with its own funds.
Asked about the possibility of aid to the economic sectors that may have been affected by the environmental collapse of these days, Ribera has pointed out that in the fishery for now it has not affected commercial species and there are pending meetings to know the possible affections with farmers, irrigation communities and tourist employers.