They ask the Minambiente to grant the license to start the works

They ask the Minambiente to grant the license to start the works
They ask the Minambiente to grant the license to start the works

The Magdalena River once again threatens the inhabitants of the southern cone of the Atlántico department. Slowly its level rises between three and five centimeters daily, according to what the inhabitants of this area report.

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Fear especially surrounds the towns located on the banks of the Canal del Dique, a branch of the Magdalena River, such as Santa Lucia, where there is concern about the growth of the flow in the Canal del Dique.

Hence, residents and local leaders are asking the Minister of the Environment, Susana Muhamad, to accelerate the issuance of the environmental license to complete the works on the Canal del Dique and thus prevent the situation in La Mojana from being repeated in the department.

Gustavo de La Rosa, leader in the south of the department, told journalists that they do not want the gap in Cat face in La Mojana, where the situation is delicate because the works were not carried out on time and with the appropriate specifications.

According to De La Rosa, if the Cara de Gato gap were not open, the Cauca River would send its waters to the Magdalena, creating a difficult situation in the Atlantic.

“That gives us some peace of mind, since I don’t think the river level will reach 9 meters 40 centimeters, which is the level that worries the inhabitants of the southern Atlantic.”

About the project that is not taking off in the Canal del Dique

The project is considered one of the most important against the attacks of climate change that the nation is facing today.

The works, which cover the 115.5 kilometers of the artificial arm of the Magdalena River, will prevent the entry of more sedimentation to the Bay of Cartagena, and will prevent tragic floods like the one in 2010 that left thousands of victims, when the dam broke, flooding entire towns. A phenomenon only surpassed by the rupture of the Cara de Gato gap, this year, in Mojana Sucreña, which ended up flooded by the waters of the Cauca River.

Dam Canal.

Photo:Bolívar Governorate

This restoration of degraded ecosystems of the Canal del Dique has a cost of 3.25 billion pesos and will also seek flood mitigation and promises the recovery of opportunities for this ecoregion with a more competitive river corridor, which links the center of the country with the Port of Cartagena.

The execution of the works includes, among others, a system of locks and gates to prevent the uncontrolled entry of large quantities of sediment and flow.

Two locks will be in Calamar and Puerto Badel; It will also have floodgates in Calamar.

The execution of these works, as well as their respective maintenance, will be carried out through a concession that will have a term of 15 years and estimates the generation of 61,766 direct and indirect jobs in the area.

The population benefiting from this project will be 1.5 million inhabitants of 19 municipalities: eight in the Atlántico (Campo de La Cruz, Candelaria, Luruaco, Manatí, Repelón, Sabanalarga, Santa Lucia and Suan); ten from Bolívar (Arjona, Arroyohondo, Calamar, Cartagena de Indias, Mahates, María La Baja, San Cristóbal, San Estanislao, Soplaviento and Turbana); and one from Sucre (San Onofre).

Still waiting for the environmental license

The project is currently paralyzed, after in February the National Environmental License Authority (ANLA) requested the requirement for an environmental license, arguing that the Hydrosedimetological Plan is not sufficient to mitigate the impact that the works may have on the protected areas. .

Governor Eduardo Verano de la Rosa demanded that the environmental authorities not delay the environmental license for the Dique canal any further.

The president made a vehement call to the Minister of the Environment, Susana Muhamad, to expedite the procedures for the environmental license of the macroproject. She indicated that the mayors of Luruaco, Campo de la Cruz, Candelaria, Manatí, Repelón, Sabanalarga, Santa Lucía and Suan.

“As we know, on February 29, 2024, through resolution No. 000322, Anla requested that the project must have an environmental license, but Cormagdalena, the owner of the environmental instrument, challenged said resolution. So far, Anla has not ruled on this challenge, which continues to delay and lose valuable time for the start of the project,” he asserted.

The governor of Atlántico, and former Minister of the Environment, Eduardo Verano, has complained about the delay in the start of the works.

Photo:Courtesy of the Atlantic Government

The Attorney General’s Office, Through its delegate for Environmental Affairs, Mining, Energy and Agrarian Affairs, it sent a letter to the ANLA requesting to reverse the resolution it demanded in recent months, in support of a reconsideration appeal presented by the Regional Autonomous Corporation of the Río Grande la Magdalena (Cormagdalena).

The Public Ministry argues that the project has had a hydrosedimentological plan approved since 2017, which is why it questions the new determination made seven years later. Considers it worrying that this technical conclusion has been reached after so much time, and highlights that ANLA should have considered and evaluated this information at the appropriate time.

They analyze the critical points

The concessionaire responsible for the project, with the support of the ANI, held three days of socialization, in which the the governorates of Bolívar, Sucre and Atlántico and the mayors of the area of ​​influence of the Canal.

This space allowed the institutional strategy to promote the development of the Canal del Dique ecoregion to be presented and the risk management plan to be socialized, as well as the coordination of joint action plans in order to confront the effects of climate change on the project. of the Dam Canal.

Among the actions to be implemented by the concessionaire, tours will be carried out with those responsible for Risk Management to identify critical points in order to alert and prioritize measures that allow safeguarding the integrity of the community.

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