The co-ordinating actions to improve the conditions of the Kauka River Basin and to protect the socio-economic activities regulated downstream of the dam were some of the proposals of two US government experts who spent two weeks observing and analyzing the impact on the environment of the Hydrobiutango accident.
The equipment submitted at the request of the National Authority for Environmental Licenses (ANLA) was integrated by Angelica Gutierrez, hydrologist and water quality expert of the Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, and John Galevmarine biologist and director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Service.
Both technicians, accompanied by Colombian colleagues, traveled around the project area, including the dam, upstream and downstream to the municipality of Nechí. They also reviewed the status of the swamps, interviewed the fishing communities in the area, and worked with the ANLA Technical Tables.
The recommendations that scientists proposed to their Colombian colleagues highlighted the need for coordinated action to improve the conditions of the Magdalena-Cauca Basin.
They also stressed the importance of the progress of the management plans for the catchment areas and microwaves, with a better specification of the ribbon-related protection strips.
They also recommend the development of investment plans to promote the implementation of wastewater treatment in municipalities along the river as well as improving the management of fisheries based on ecosystems and their dynamics.
They emphasized the importance of the entities attached to the National Environmental System (SINA) working together to ensure the assessment of the measures being implemented. They mentioned, based on experience in North America, the benefit of prioritizing the exclusive use of indigenous species, taking into account risk analysis with adaptive recovery management.
On June 20, on the occasion of the decision of the Medellin High Court, which recognized the rights of the Kauka River, the EPA announced that it has signed agreements with several companies this year to protect and protect the flora and fauna of the Hydroitungo area. among them the National Authority for Aquaculture and Fisheries, the Humboldt Institute, the Corinthian Academy and the University of Antioch.
The company says it is progressing in formalizing new agreements with Javeriana University, Cordoba University, National University, Wetlands Foundation and Natura Foundation.
The Center for Aquaculture and Fish in Santa Cruz is working to create a genetic bank to protect the pool of fish in the pool, and with the Explora Park in Medellin, a living collection of species from the middle and lower basins is managed. from the development of awareness-raising and environmental education, added the company, a contractor of the hydroelectric mega-project.