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Zebra Mussels Discovered in La Pedrera Reservoir: A Critical Observation in Alicante

In a significant development, technicians from the Segura Hydrographic Confederation (CHS) recently announced Zebra Mussels Discovered in La Pedrera Reservoir located in the Vega Baja region of Alicante. This finding emerged during the CHS’s targeted campaign to monitor zebra mussel larvae and adults in various reservoirs associated with the Tajo-Segura transfer infrastructure.

The ongoing campaign involves technicians actively collecting samples from reservoirs such as Talave, Camarillas, Azud de Ojós, Crevillente, and La Pedrera.Technicians made this discovery during routine monitoring in La Pedrera, further expanding the list of affected reservoirs in the region.

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Zebra Mussels Discovered in La Pedrera Reservoir

The invasion of zebra mussels poses a significant threat to continental waters. In just a few years, these invasive species rapidly expanded in the Camarillas and Talave reservoirs, prompting urgent measures from the CHS.

In response to this critical discovery, the CHS urges water users and individuals active in basin reservoirs to diligently clean any equipment that has come into contact with the waters. Accompanying this revelation is the CHS’s specific dissemination campaign under the slogan “Alert!, zebra mussel. Don’t let it get to you.” The goal is to raise awareness about the potential inadvertent spread of water pollution.

The zebra mussel, identified as one of the most impactful exotic invasive species in continental waters, has prompted controlled decreases in water levels in affected reservoirs. The CHS, aligning with its 2022-23 Zebra Mussel Shock Plan, aims to eliminate adult specimens and weaken larval populations through strategic measures.

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This discovery emphasizes the collective responsibility to mitigate the ecological and economic impacts of invasive species. As the CHS continues its efforts, it calls on the community to actively participate in safeguarding water bodies and preventing the further proliferation of zebra mussels.

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European Union LIFE program in Spain

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The European Union LIFE program in Spain is a funding program established and created by the European Union in 1992 in order to support environmental and climate action projects. The main objective of the program is to contribute to the implementation, updating, and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation. The program provides funding for various types of projects, including nature conservation, environmental governance, and climate action.

Below you will find details of various projects with links to further reading.

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Aiming for the Return of the Iberian Lynx in Aragón

The General Directorate of Natural Environment, under the Spanish Department of Environment and Tourism, is embarking on an information and citizen participation initiative for the potential reintroduction of the Iberian lynx in Aragon. This pivotal step seeks to achieve consensus among various stakeholders invested in the restoration of this iconic species to the Aragonese fauna.

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Preserving Spain’s Natural Paradises: Unveiling the Threats to National Parks

In the wake of a groundbreaking agreement between the Junta de Andalucía and the Spanish Government concerning the renowned Doñana National Park, a stark reality surfaces for all 16 of Spain’s ecological gems.

Despite a substantial multi million-Euro investment in Doñana, the remaining national parks in Spain grapple with a spectrum of challenges, spanning from drought and unbridled tourism to wildfires and the encroachment of invasive species.

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