The Malta Independent 21 September 2019, Saturday

250 tonnes of discarded material removed from valleys

Friday, 23 August 2019, 15:43 Last update: about 28 days ago

Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change José Herrera said that throughout this year, rehabilitation works were carried out by the Valley Management Unit within Ambjent Malta in the below valley.

Some 250 tonnes of material consisting of illegally dumped waste and invasive plants was removed from the following areas:

·         Wied is-Sewda, Wied iċ-Ċawsli, Wied il-Kbir in Qormi

·         Wied Qirda, Wied Baqqiegħa, Wied ta' San Martin and Wied Sant’ Anton in Ħaż-Żebbuġ

·         Wied Ħesri and Wied il-Girgenti in Siġġiewi

·         Wied Għomor in Swieqi

·         Wied Għar id-Dwieb and Wied il-Qlejjgħa in Rabat

·         Wied Għammieq in Kalkara  

·         Marsa Sports Ground Channel in Marsa

·         Wied Blandun, limits of Fgura/Paola

Minister Herrera also announced that in July, Ambjent Malta began works in Mistra Valley. The rehabilitation works include the phasing out of reeds that are causing flooding and which will be replaced with native plants. Following the removal of the reeds, the existing rubble walls will be restored to reduce soil loss and accumulation of material in the watercourse. This project will also involve the recreation of the remnant saline marshland habitat found at Mistra Bay that forms part of the Xagħra tal-Kortin Natura 2000 site.

Minister Herrera stated that in the coming weeks, works will commence at the Marsa Channel to remove accumulated material and other fly-tipped waste. These works will alleviate the flooding problem in this area.

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