Navigating through a ‘sewer’ to rescue the river Torres

The guides Costa Rican tropical rivers not sailed the crystal clear waters of the rivers turrialbeños, but faced a dam of furniture, mattresses and bags that were in the course of the rioTorres.

They, and experts Ecological Blue Flag Program and the National Water Laboratory of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA), sailed yesterday over a mile to make a diagnosis of pollution and raise awareness about the importance of rescuing urban watersheds.

This initiative is part of the campaign “Clean Up the World”, which promotes the restoration of water bodies and has the backing of the United Nations Program for Environment (UNEP).

The nine men distributed in rafts and canoes took two and a half hours in the route between the Children’s Museum and the bridge across the street San Jose Palacio.

This is the second time they performed this journey. In 1991, Rafael and Victor Gallo rioTorres sailed the kayak and canoe.

“We made the tour with the hope that someone assumed the cleaning, and it is sad to know that was not done. This time I think that, through the Ecological Blue Flag Program and community-Mántica Pitahaya, we can do something, “said Rafael Gallo at The Nation.

According to Gallo, in the first round of 1991 they saw industrial waste. “I think it has been controlled enough. This time, what we saw were more discharges of fecal matter and garbage, “he said.

“Every 100 meters the water was dirty, to the point that it became thick and smelly. A really sad thing, because the truth is that this is a very pretty river, if we can rescue this river would be a jewel, “said Randall Solano, Rios Tropicales.

According to the Ecological Blue Flag Program, the rio Torres is located in category five, corresponding to the worst rating, and the reason is their degree of contamination.

Although garbage and dirty water cascades, the sailing team could see birds like kingfishers, hawks and herons. “The beauty is that can be recovered,” he reiterated Gallo.

According Darner Mora, Aqueduct and sewer (AyA), the goal was to identify sources of pollution. For this, they were sampled 100 milliliters of water at a depth of 30 inches at sites identified a “spill”.

Then, in the laboratory, chemical analysis will be conducted to determine the type of substance in the water.

Also made a photographic record to support the work of the Municipality of SanJose, because in this river basin there are situations like invasions, landslidesand water pipes that discharge directly into the river.