Case study:Segura's River Bioremediation

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Location: 37° 58' 44", -1° 8' 14"
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Project overview

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Status Complete
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Themes Environmental flows and water resources, Hydromorphology, Social benefits
Country Spain
Main contact forename Cristina
Main contact surname Oliveras
Main contact user ID User:coliveras
Contact organisation BIOPULCHER S.L.
Contact organisation web site http://www.biopulcher.com
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The goal of the project was de environmental recovery of Segura River in Murcia, Spain. Over the years, river mud has been accumulated causing problems both in wildlife’s habitat and in surrounding population because of the river flow reduction and the bad odor generated by the river mud, respectively. This project has used bioremediation in order to reduce organic component of the river mud and, therefore to reduce the mud odor. Due to bioremediation, the dredging of the river has not caused odor problems to the population

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Brick application system into the river mud
Once into the river, bacteria released from the brick will start their bioremediation action
Bioremediation bricks where bacterial inocula is retained since its disposal into the river
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Catchment and subcatchment

Catchment

River basin district C. H. Segura
River basin Segura

Subcatchment

River name Segura
Area category more than 10000 km²
Area (km2) 18870
18,870 km²
1,887,000 ha
Maximum altitude category 1000 - 2000 m
Maximum altitude (m) 1413
1,413 m
1.413 km
141,300 cm
Dominant geology
Ecoregion Ibero-Macaronesian
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Other case studies in this subcatchment: LIFE Segura Riverlink (Through rivers), Segura's River Bioremediation, Strengthening associated biodiversity of habitat 92A0 and control of Invasive Alien Species in the Segura River (LIFE + Ripisilvanatura) 2


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Name Murcia
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