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Over rainy, Very Muddy ...

Over rainy, Very Muddy ...

By Arq. José Vélez

After a widespread drought, they placated the thirsty land. They arrived to put an end to the brutal fires that, as never before, this year have devoured what little was left of our mountain range.

The rains at the beginning of summer are torrential, violent, with electrical discharges, storms of rain, stone and wind, sometimes with destructive consequences, typical of the natural phenomenon.

At last the long-awaited summer rains arrived.

After a widespread drought, they placated the thirsty land. They arrived to put an end to the brutal fires that, as never before, this year have devoured what little was left of our mountain range.
The rains at the beginning of summer, in our mountains, are torrential, violent, with electric shocks, storms of rain, stone and wind, sometimes with destructive consequences, typical of the natural phenomenon.
Then, ideally, the water falling on the mountain range will begin its runoff, joining each runoff and looking for each creek, each channel to add a contribution to the unexpected summer floods of the mountain streams and rivers.

The runoff should be slow and profitable, the vegetation of the mountain, and the high pasture have the mission of stopping the fury of the downpour, calming the rained water to slowly start the infiltration to the underground aquifers of the mountain, and feed the surplus superficial to the bed of the valley streams.
Today, nature is hurt, and the runoff will be fast, violent and destructive.
The torrent will erode whatever it encounters on its descent, washing away what is left of the fires. The mud, ash and debris will flood the valley and the final destination will be the lakes, with more mud, more nutrients, more algae, less water, less health, fewer tourists.

And as if that were not enough ...

Today, in the valley there are more wounds. The flood of the river, presented an unusual appearance, the front of the flood carried dark mud, dirty, turbulent water. When everything happened, the shores and sandy beaches were flooded, covered with black, muddy mud ...
It is the fertile soil of the mountains. The torrential rain found the mountain ecosystem vulnerable, naked, and injured and tens of thousands of cubic meters of fertile soil moved from the highlands of the mountains to the bottom of the lakes. Today, inappropriate and speculative agriculture is ravaging the entire region with incalculable environmental damage.

Speculators and improvised farmers have chosen the fragile and poor soils of the mountains for the production of seed potatoes and potato consumption.
The furrowing of the earth in parallel to the natural runoffs in order to take advantage of the runoff of excess rainwater to avoid the rotting of the tubers makes the dragging of the soil irresponsibly facilitated, when it is advisable to break respectfully in use contour lines.
The dragged soil also carries the lethal burden of the residual pesticides and agrochemicals applied, increasing the risk of contamination of the scarce mountain water resources.
Using these destructive practices, they waste the soil, despise the resources, and driven by an ephemeral profit, in four or five years they will leave the area, leaving behind exhausted and diseased soils, dangerous gullies, violent streams and rivers, clogged lakes and severe damage to health, the environment, tourism activity and the economy of the valley.

The valley and the mountains have no law.

Bad agriculture, cattle overgrazing, destructive mining, forest monoculture, appeal to any mechanism? Allowed? or not for production, without considering the environmental and economic costs for the region, and even less the forecast of a devastated future, without resources, without productivity, with more poverty, with more misery.

The absence of the state is total.
Dipas, Tourism, the Directorate of the Environment, Mining and Agriculture are inefficient public offices, perhaps facilitators of offenders and seem to help launder the fait accompli.

All these parasitic structures spend a lot of budget to generate chaos and confusion. They act in isolation, limiting themselves in their powers and letting go in pursuit of "production" and "development".
Today, the planning in the territory is zero, the control does not exist and the no man's land extends with incompatible and harmful activities in a fragile ecosystem and of delicate balance, today definitively broken.

Today, it is necessary to act responsibly, quickly to create remediation mechanisms, and carefully order the use of resources to ensure the lives of all the inhabitants of the region.

The creation of local management mechanisms should be the option to overcome a centralism that does not do or lets do.
It is necessary to be aware that only the inhabitants of this Valley belong to these resources and that only we must be the ones who take care of them and use their potential wisely.
Today is urgent, tomorrow will be unforgivable ...

* Arch. José Vélez APROAS - Calamuchita - Córdoba - Argentina
December 2004.


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