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Dredging of Nosara River Worries Santa Teresa Residents

  • Company Assures that Diverting Water Will Strengthen Riverbank

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo
04/30/13


Photo by Pinar Istek
The company that is in charge of dredging the Nosara river in the Santa Teresa section, has extracted river material from the Mala Noche waterfall mouth

While work on the Nosara River started on April 24 with a corresponding budget of 300 million colones ($600,000) for the first stage, under the supervision of the construction company HHB Consa, the dredging ran into two obstacles: first with the arrival of rainy season, which could affect and even detain the work, and second an area resident is doing his own dredging along part of the river’s edge, with the risk of affecting the community of Santa Teresa. 

Jose Reyes, president of the Santa Teresa neighborhood committee, demonstrated his concern to VON since the machinery contracted by the owner of Finca Austria, a property located along the river’s edge, has diverted the riverbed approximately 50 meters in the sector near Mala Noche Creek.  

Reyes is afraid that with this diversion, the river’s waters will flood 10 hectares of land that the neighbors of Santa Teresa use to plant agricultural products and that if it floods it would also affect the access to the main road that links the communities.

For his part, Walter Barrantes, representative of Mabe Contructions, the company contracted by Finca Austria to do the private work and that is also in charge of this part of the river dredging, explained that the diversion was done to take material from the tributary and thereby protect the slope that is beside the river.

Barrantes indicated that once the work is finished in this stretch of the river, the line of the riverbed will go back to being the same, although he didn’t guarantee that these lands won’t flood with the heavy winter rains and the swelling of the river, mentioning that “you can’t [make guarantees] with nature.”

However, Barrantes is optimistic that, thanks to the dredging work of the Nosara River ordered by the National Emergencies Commission (CNE), the waters will stay on course during the rainy season.    

Barrantes recalled that Mabe Constructions initiated the work a month after receiving approval from the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) in an inspection done by Mario Gomez, geologist coordinator for the Guanacaste area.

Since then, the company has extracted material from the mouth of the Mala Noche Creek and hopes to finish this week with the approximately 250 meters of dredging.   

 

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Dredging of Nosara River Worries Santa Teresa Residents

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