Saturday, October 1

The Zamora Provincial Council demands that the Ricobayo reservoir never fall below 55%

The Zamora Provincial Council has submitted a brief of allegations to the draft plan of the Duero Hydrographic Confederation (CHD) for the period 2022-2027. The institution claims that the level of the Ricobayo reservoir, the largest in Castilla y León that was emptied by Iberdrola this summer, can never drop below 55% of its capacity.

The proposal, which has been sent to the CHD, establishes that during the summer months and early autumn (from June to October) the Confederation must keep 70% of the water impounded, that is, at an elevation of 674 meters above the level. from the sea, instead of the 33% currently proposed. For the rest of the year, the County Council claims the figure of 55%, instead of the one proposed by the CHD of 8%.

The allegations presented include contributions from professional agrarian organizations in the province, town councils in the area and a platform in defense of the poplar plantations in Zamora, after several weeks of meetings. Those affected by the reservoir seek to prevent Iberdrola from operating again as it did this summer, when the company emptied 80% of the reservoir. The Government of Pedro Sánchez announced the opening of a file against the company, and the Junta de Castilla y León, a month and a half later, also decided to initiate a similar procedure. As learned, the administrative process of the central government never began. The Junta de Castilla y León has been silent in response to the status of the regional file.