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Chico river restoration project. Municipalities of Vélez Blanco y Vélez Rubio (Almería).

The Chico river, a tributary of the Chirivel riverbed on the left margin, has its source in the southeastern slopes of the María range and flows through the municipalities of Vélez Blanco y Vélez Rubio. The section subject to restoration begins downstream from the Sierra Maria– Natural Park boundaries, Los Vélez, at the foot of the Maimón, up to where it meets the Chirivel riverbed, for an approximate length of 6 km.

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The Chico river restoration project aims at improving its ecological condition, currently degraded by morphological alterations, including closure dams, breakwater cladding and canalization of the stretch close to Vélez Rubio, which cause a significant disconnection of the watercourse with its banks, loss of river area and decline of the ecosystem on its banks, so as to achieve the objectives of the National River Restoration Startegy.

Reference and status
Phase Status
Ecological Condition Assessment(ECA) Checked out
Open Day.

It was held on 04/01/2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium of the Fernando Palanques Public Library in Vélez Rubio

Project drafting Pending
Meeting to present the Project actions.

It was held on 05/26/2010 at 9:00 a.m. in the Auditorium of the Fernando Palanques Public Library in Vélez Rubio and on 05/26/2010 at 12:00 a.m. in the Vélez Blanco town hall chamber.


For the purpose of fostering public participation of all interested citizens, administrations and organizations, here is the email address: restauracionderios@chsegura.es and the phone number 968248808 where you may request more information about this Process.