The roots of the drought in Sau

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Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
16 March 2023 Thursday 04:45
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The roots of the drought in Sau

* The author is part of the community of readers of La Vanguardia

This image in Las Fotos de los Lectores de La Vanguardia sums up the shame of seeing the Sau reservoir with so little water. So much so that it would take a lot of rain to refill the swamp.

These roots that I have portrayed, after so many years submerged in water, still remain. All this in the midst of the operation to transfer the remaining flow to the Susqueda reservoir.

In fact, this week the removal of fish from the swamp began, which has generated a lot of excitement. With the church of Sant Romà more visible than ever, the reservoir has been attracting many curious visitors for months.

In fact, the Barcelona Provincial Council has had to advance motorized access control, which was normally put into operation at Easter and in summer.

In Catalonia, the declaration of exceptionality due to hydrological drought is in force in the Ter-Llobregat system and in the Fluvià-Muga aquifer.

The measure affects more than 200 municipalities with a population of about 6 million inhabitants. It implies restricting water to a maximum of 230 liters per person per day and other limitations, such as a 40% reduction for agricultural uses and 15% for industrial uses, as well as for recreational uses (15% for assimilable uses and 50% for irrigation ).

One problem they are running into when removing the fish from Sau now is that there are too many snags in the swamp waters, such as submerged forests and building debris that can damage the nets. They are the roots of drought.