Veragua River, an ecological disaster, Cabarete
The small Veragua River, a tributary of the Yasica River in Cabarete, is one of the main water sources on the north coast. A report on sand and gravel extraction by the Academy of Science confirms the ecological damage that has been caused in the area.
They are calling for the state to step in and stop the ecological crime that, they say, is being committed in the rivers by sand and gravel suppliers with Ministry of Environment consent. The Cabarete and Sosua Environmental Protection and Tourism Association raised the alarm. Its president, Michel Gay-Crosier, says that over the last few weeks between 15 and 18 trucks took turns throughout the day and removed a considerable amount of materials from the riverbed that they dumped and sold at building supply places in Veragua, Gaspar Hernandez, in Espaillat (Moca) province and Sabaneta de Yasica, Sosua, in Puerto Plata province.
Today’s Listin Diario, Thursday 18 June 2015, publishes a long article on this ecological disaster with photographs by Gay-Crosier. Reporters from the newspaper visited the area where they confirmed the degradation and observed the continuous movement of dump trucks without license plates laden with aggregate along the Sabaneta de Yasica – Cabarete highway.
On 12 June 2015 the Dominican Republic Academy of Sciences delivered the results of a report on the environmental situation along the riverbed of the Veragua River prepared by its Natural Sciences and Environment Commission to the association.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
June 18, 2015
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