Case study:Creation and restoration of a riparian zone

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Location: 42° 22' 40", -1° 28' 8"
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Status Complete
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Themes Fisheries, Habitat and biodiversity, Social benefits, Water quality
Country Spain
Main contact forename Fernando
Main contact surname Mendoza
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Contact organisation Gestión Ambiental Viveros y Repoblaciones de Navarra, S.A.
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The Soto of Campollano is downstream Carcastillo town. The work area was located on the left Aragon River bank, where the little tributary Abejar ravine flows into the Aragon River. The tributary of Aragon is surrounded in its mouth by a river forest of 32.6 has called Soto de Campollano represented by the habitat 92AO in a good conservation status. In the riversides there are areas of grasslands. The main objective of this project is to increase the quality of habitat in Community Interest Areas, with special attention to European mink (Mustela lutreola). There are other secondary objectives: Creating new habitats for otter (Lutra lutra) and turtle (Emys orbicularis); quality improvement of habitats 92A0 (willow and black poplar plantation) and 3150. The project includes the creation of some new habitats that affect animals and plants. New bio-engineering techniques are used to develop and help these riparian communities. The project was presented by the “Environmental Management for Reintroduction and Repopulation in Navarre” in cooperation with the Government of Navarre’s Environment, Land and Housing Department. It was part of a LIFE project.

Construction of three small ponds connected through small meandering channels.

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Artificial pond created in the area
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Catchment and subcatchment

Catchment

River basin district Ebro
River basin Aragón

Subcatchment

River name Aragón
Area category 1000 - 10000 km²
Area (km2)
Maximum altitude category 200 - 500 m
Maximum altitude (m) 350 m
0.35 km
35,000 cm
Dominant geology
Ecoregion Ibero-Macaronesian
Dominant land cover Extensive agriculture
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Other case studies in this subcatchment: Restoration of riparian zone in Aragon River


Site

Name Soto de Campollano
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Pre-project morphology Sinuous, Single channel
Reference morphology Sinuous, Single channel
Desired post project morphology
Heavily modified water body
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Local/regional site designations Habitat 92AO
Protected species present
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Dominant hydrology Quick run-off, Artificially regulated
Dominant substrate
River corridor land use Plantation forestry, Intensive agriculture, Wetland
Average bankfull channel width category 10 - 50 m
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Average bankfull channel depth category 2 - 5 m
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Project background

Reach length directly affected (m) 211 m
0.211 km
21,100 cm
Project started
Works started 2005/08/01
Works completed 2006/02/01
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Total cost category 50 - 100 k€
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Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure
Hydromorphology Continuity for organisms
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Physico-chemical
Other reasons for the project High quality habitat for European mink (Mustela lutreola), New habitats for otter (Lutra lutra) and turtle (Emys orbicularis)


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Bank/bed modifications Pond creation
Floodplain / River corridor River forest has been restored through the plantation of species typical from habitat 92AO
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