Environment. SOS Loue curries France and its management of the Comtoises rivers

    Environment. SOS Loue curries France and its management of the Comtoises rivers

    The SOS Loue rivières comtoises collective is 10 years old. For a decade, these actors have been fighting alongside the rivers of Franche-Comté. Dozens of letters and meetings to try to move the lines and save aquatic life. But for Marc Goux, the spokesperson, the account is not there: “Things are getting worse and worse in our rivers”. Worse still, the black backgrounds on most of these aquatic environments: “It’s unheard of this season”. Faced with this observation, SOS Loue sent a 60-page letter to the basin coordinator prefect, denouncing France’s management of rivers and its use of imprecise indicators.

    An imprecise classification tool

    “The classification of the ecological state of rivers is carried out with tools that are contested. The majority of rivers are classified in “good condition”, whereas they are in a catastrophic state ”, deplores Marc Goux. “We are seeing a collapse of fish populations, invertebrates and funds totally invaded by cyanobacteria. “To the naked eye, this pollution is visible with the development of algae and this gelatinous layer on the seabed. “10 years ago, France made a commitment to take all the necessary measures to restore the health of rivers. And yet, nothing has changed. “

    Pollution in the soil

    In the collective viewfinder: current agricultural practices. “The Montbéliarde cow has been transformed into a superproducer of milk to produce more and more Comté. Spreading has increased and the soils and rivers are not capable of absorbing this excess of phosphorus, nitrogen and nitrates ”, explains this“ son of a farmer ”, as he defines himself. This pollution leads to a phenomenon of eutrophication of rivers: a multiplied growth of plants in rivers, in spring and summer.

    Limitation of spreading

    In this 60-page letter, Marc Goux and the collective ask: “The protection of receiving environments against pollution of agricultural origin”. Clearly, the aim is to classify karstic plateaus in the county PDO area as “vulnerable areas” in order to drastically limit spreading there. A way to slow down or even stop what he considers “an ecological disaster”.

    The prefect then justice as a last resort

    Since the 1970s, these famous rivers around the world have experienced a collapse in their fish populations. Tourism and these travelers crossing continents to fish in the Loue are only a distant memory. “How can we have elected officials who made fun of this whole economy? “Asks Marc Goux.

    The collective is now waiting for a response from the Prefect of the Basin. Without a strong gesture and firm measure, SOS Loue does not rule out turning to justice and the administrative tribunal.

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