Breast pumps used in the riverbed and the birth of Arroyo del Chaparral deriving water to a farm and an inheritance
The Guardia Civil has enjoyed the cooperation of the Nursery Fluvial and the Ministry of Water, Agriculture and Environment of the CARM
The Civil Guard in the region of Murcia has developed the operation 'DROUGHT', an investigation to clarify the removal of water in the Northwest region, which has resulted in the investigation of four people who have been instructed proceedings as suspected of crimes against natural resources and the environment illegal acquisition of land and groundwater, after uncovering an unlawful derived water facilities Quípar runway river and Arroyo del Chaparral.
The Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) of the Civil Guard, after detecting the installation of a pump submerged in the channel of Quípar river, municipality of Cehegín, installed to draw water, initiated the investigation in order to verify the lawful use pump found.
The first investigations were developed around the infrastructure installed for extracting river resources, with the aim of discovering all the way and identify those responsible.
Furthermore we contacted Nursery Fluvial to verify the existence of permits for the installation and use of devices such as found, verifying the lack of any kind of authorization to use breast pumps water in the area.
In addition, the Nursery Fluvial informed the Civil Guard of a second extractor water pump installed in the natural birth of the ravine of Arroyo del Chaparral, in an area close to the initially found and also lacked the necessary authorization, so that he continued the operation in order to clarify the facts and identify those responsible.
The pump and infrastructure installed to lift water from river bed of Quípar supplied exclusively plantation peach of a family in the municipality.
Research has also allowed to find out that the second breast pump, found in the birth of Arroyo del Chaparral, supplying an inheritance of water, which would be president one of the people involved in the placement and use of the first extractor pump.
After obtaining all necessary evidence, civil guards have been found, investigated and instructed proceedings to four people suspected of crimes against natural resources and the environment illegal acquisition of land and groundwater, by the continued use of two extraction pumps water captured land and groundwater, an activity that could cause substantial damage to water, animals and plants in the area.
SEPRONA also counted with the collaboration of the Ministry of Water, Agriculture and Environment Servio Plant Health of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia (CARM) for the assessment of the damage to public basin, which developed a technical reports which showed that the illegal collection detected in the bed of the river Quípar would be around at least 20,000 cubic meters of water.
In the area of â€‹â€‹the Hydrographic Confederation of Segura (CHS), Royal Decree 356/2015, extended by Royal Decree 335/2016, the statement declares drought with a serious shortage of resources in the Segura basin.
Because of situations like the present, with low rainfall in recent years, it is not surprising that proliferates the installation of extractor mechanisms of water from public channels, increasing the poor state of rivers and natural births, without proper control, they can reach cause serious prejudice in nature.
Illegal abstraction of water
The crime against natural resources and the environment illegal acquisition of land and groundwater is collected in the current Penal Code which defines it as that, contrary to law or other provisions of protective general environment, perform directly or indirectly catchments waters, by themselves or together with others, causes or may cause substantial damage to the quality of air, soil or water, or animals or plants, and is punished with imprisonment from two to five years, fine eight to twenty four months and disqualification from profession or trade for between one to three years, if past behavior could seriously harm the balance of natural systems.
Investigated 3 men and a woman, Spaniards aged between 40 and 52 years and residents of Bullas and Cehegín and the proceedings initiated have been made available to the Court of Instruction No. 3 of Caravaca de la Cruz (Murcia) .
Source: Ministerio del Interior