On 11 sampled points by volunteers of Goletta Verde along the coasts of Emilia-Romagna – of which eight mouths of rivers and streams and three others in the sea – only one point was judged to be “polluted”.
This is the mouth of the Rubicon river between municipalities dthe Gatteo and Savignano sul Rubicone, in the province of Forlì-Cesena. This is what was underlined in Porto Garibaldi (Ferrara) during the press conference to present the results of the microbiological analyzes carried out by Goletta Verde along the coasts of the region. The water withdrawals, which were followed by microbiological analyzes, were all carried out on 19 July.
During the meeting, clarity was also clarified on the situation that arose last week when the results of the Arpae analyzes on bathing revealed parameters beyond the legal limits in 28 of the points provided by the competent authority with the consequent ban on bathing for many beaches of the Romagna coast. Emergency returned within a few days following the new analyzes by the agency. The samplings of Goletta Verde – specifies Legambiente – are not intended to replace the official data on bathing but complement the work of the competent authorities.
“If, in fact, the Arpa data are the only ones that determine the bathing ability of a stretch of coast following repeated analyzes in the summer period, the analyzes of Goletta Verde have another objective which is to go instead to identify the criticalities by demonstrating to one bad purification of wastewater in specific points, such as mouths, canals and waterways, the main vehicle with which pollution, generated by insufficient purification, reaches the sea “.
“We don’t have to guard – underlines Luca Girotti, vice president of Legambiente Emilia-Romagna – We certainly need greater attention from the institutions to improve the entire sewer network and efficient purification plants and, at the same time, monitor any illegal discharges “.