Case study:Restoration project in Verde River

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Status Complete
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Themes Environmental flows and water resources, Fisheries, Habitat and biodiversity, Hydromorphology, Social benefits
Country Spain
Main contact forename C.H.Júcar
Main contact surname C.H.Júcar
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Contact organisation C.H.Júcar
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The restoration project in Verde River comprises the whole of it, between his source in the springs of Benimodo-Massalavés (Valencia province) and its mouth in the river Júcar on its left bank, just before the confluence of the river Magro. The purpose of the restoration of the Rio Verde is the recovery of good ecological status, required for the WFD by 2015. Thus, the actions proposed are targets in the short and long term, all framed in ENRR and the WFD. The main project objectives are, in short term, conditioning of DPH to improve the functioning natural hydraulic channel; increase river mobility space; conservation of riparian ecosystems; maintenance and improvement of current vegetation conditions; control of exotic vegetation; increased diversity of plant cover; improving the mobility of fish fauna; landscaping adjustment and environmental restoration of degraded areas; adaptation and promotion of social use the river. Long term: Improve the river dynamics; enhancement of riparian forest development; improving the aquatic environment and associated land to allow regeneration and diversification of the fauna; promoting social use of the river more attractive and environmentally; promote integration of use policies and land management with the use and management of rivers, with sustainability criteria.

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Catchment and subcatchment

Catchment

River basin district C.H.Júcar
River basin Júcar

Subcatchment

River name Verde
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Ecoregion Ibero-Macaronesian
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Site

Name Restauración del río Verde en los municipios de Benimodo, Massalvés, Alberique y Alzira (Valencia)
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Heavily modified water body
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Project background

Reach length directly affected (m) 14000 m
14 km
1,400,000 cm
Project started 2008/01/01
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Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure
Hydromorphology Channel pattern/planform, Continuity for organisms, Continuity of sediment transport, Structure & condition of riparian zones
Biology
Physico-chemical
Other reasons for the project Recreation


Measures

Structural measures
Bank/bed modifications Recess side slopes, Barrier removal
Floodplain / River corridor Removal of exotic plants, Elimination of structural elements concreted
Planform / Channel pattern Removal of speckles
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Management interventions Improve forest management and agricultural
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