Two other important lagoons dried up in Santa Fe
SANTA FE.- La historical downspout of the rivers in the East coast of this province, as a result of the climate crisis, causes drastic changes in environmental life affecting the flora and fauna of the region and also enormous consequences for all the activities that take place there.
As well as THE NATION highlighted days ago the case of the Juan de Garay lagoon, from Saint tome, crossing the Salty river that unites this capital with that city, today the panorama seems to have spread. It is the case of the lagoon of the Laguna Paiva spa, 40 kilometers north of this capital, which is completely dry.
“It is a sad image”, affirmed the mayor of Paivene, Elvio Cotterli, who did not fail to remember that this place was, until a few months ago, one of the great spas in the region.
“Until eight years ago the lagoon had a wall that contained and gave it the necessary level of water to be able to enjoy the place. As a result of the passage of time and the erosion that the water produces, added to the lack of maintenance, we have lost control,” Cotterli acknowledged.
The official attributed the disappearance of the water mirror to the intense drought that affects the town. “That also contributed to this sad picture. We are in the middle of a drought process that we have not seen in the region for a long time,” he added.
Cotterli stressed that infrastructure works are currently under development that aim to recover the lagoon. “The tasks will take about 16 months and paradoxically it is time to do them because there is a drought, which will allow faster progress,” he explained.
The case of the Paiva lagoon is not the only one in the region. Days ago, this newspaper dealt with the situation of Laguna Juan de Garay (in the city of Santo Tomé), and Añapiré, located in the town of Campo Andino.
The low water level also caused the death of fish and turtles. “Thousands of dead fish are floating at this time in internal lagoons of the wetland and the population of aquatic turtles has practically disappeared due to the fall of the river, drought, heat wave and extreme temperatures,” explained Pablo Cantador, from the environmental organization “El Paraná It is not touched”, who defined the situation as “alarming”.
But if someone still has in perspective that the situation will undergo a radical change in the coming days, it must be explained that in its latest report, the National Water Institute (INA) indicated that “a general condition prevails of decreasing flows entering the Argentine section of the Paraná River” and announced that “river levels will continue in the low water range.”
So that there are no doubts, the INA added in that work that “the climatic trend as of March 31, 2022 is still unfavorable.”
Something similar happened in Laguna Añapiré, located about 60 km north of this capital, in the jurisdiction of Campo Andino. “It disappeared like a lagoon. You can barely see a wet patch among all the cracked earth, “said residents consulted by this newspaper.
It is a lagoon that in autumn and winter is home to at least 6,000 southern flamingos that arrive from the mountain range.
“The flamingos were left without a lagoon”, was the most repeated comment on social networks to alert about this situation.
But also, the descent of the river, added to temperatures above 40 degrees in the last 10 days, caused the death of millions of fish in the Paraná Delta, near the Rosario area.
In the Facebook account the NGO “The Paraná is not touched”, shared shocking images in which thousands of dead fish are seen on an island on the Paraná, near Rosario.
Environmentalists describe the critical situation in the region: “Only a few (lagoons) retain some water, after months of confinement and now the high temperatures were a deadly cocktail for the fish that survived in them.”
At the same time, they question the approval of export quotas for fish from Paraná by the governments of Santa Fe and Entre Ríos. “For January, February and March 2022, the capture of 1,100 tons of tarpon and accompanying species is allowed, of which 642.9 tons correspond. authorized by the Nation for the export of refrigerators and 457.1 tons. for the internal market”, highlighted “ERA Verde”, another environmental organization dedicated to the subject.