Case study:Environmental restoration project of the river area of the Ripoll River as it passes through the municipality of Ripollet (Vallès Occidental)

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Status Complete
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Themes Environmental flows and water resources, Habitat and biodiversity, Social benefits, Urban
Country Spain
Main contact forename `Enginyeria, Estudios i Gestió Ambiental S.L.
Main contact surname Enginyeria, Estudios i Gestió Ambiental S.L.
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Contact organisation Enginyeria, Estudios i Gestió Ambiental S.L.
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The stretch of the River Ripoll in which the project is located, is bounded longitudinally by longitudinal structures (walls and breakwaters) amending river morphology and determine the formation of river banks. The river also has transversal structures. The existing vegetation does not correspond to the potential vegetation due to the high population pressure on land that has suffered over time. There is an important agricultural pressure and few spaces are not occupied by gardens. The main objectives of this project are: remove the set up gardens in the area of the project; restore the original profile of the channel prior to the installation of the orchards; minimize the impact caused by waste, trash and debris; eliminate the presence of alien species; recovery hydrological, landscape and ecology of the river; encourage the stabilization and protection of river banks against erosion; enhancing the role of River Biological Corridor; inform the public about the river area as well as the objectives and work involved in the project.

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Catchment and subcatchment

Catchment

River basin district Pirineo Oriental
River basin Besós

Subcatchment

River name Ripoll
Area category
Area (km2)
Maximum altitude category Less than 100 m
Maximum altitude (m) 60 m
0.06 km
6,000 cm
Dominant geology
Ecoregion Ibero-Macaronesian
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Site

Name Río Ripoll a su paso por el municipio de Ripollet
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Heavily modified water body
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Project background

Reach length directly affected (m) 26 m
0.026 km
2,600 cm
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Funding sources Direction General of Architecture and Landscape Department of Planning and Public Works of the Generalitat of Catalonia

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Phase cost category cost exact (k€) Lead organisation Contact forename Contact surname
Investigation and design
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Works and works supervision Enginyeria, Estudios i Gestió Ambiental S.L.
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Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure
Hydromorphology Structure & condition of riparian zones, Channel pattern/planform
Biology
Physico-chemical
Other reasons for the project Landscape enhancement


Measures

Structural measures
Bank/bed modifications New bioengineering elements in order to stabilize slope banks, Bank stabilisation
Floodplain / River corridor Removal of irrigation canals, Elimination of structural elements concreted, Removal of exotic plants
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