Leap will invest a total of 6 million dollars financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to recover its coastal strip and mitigate the erosion of the river Uruguay on the eastern margin.
The recovery plan for the coastal strip is planned in three phases of works, of which the first phase was completed between January and July after an investment of 1 million dollars.
Carlos Albisupresident of the Technical-Mixed Commission of Salto Grandethe binational organization in charge of spare parts in the coastal strip, explained that a priority zone of about 10 kilometers in length was established, where there was greater erosion due to the effect of the uruguay river.
In a joint work of the Salto Grande Technical-Mixed Commission with the Environmental Management Area, the IDB, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the Republic (udelar), the Engineering and Planning Management, established the mitigation plan, the recovery of the coastal strip, and its beautification.
The repairs in this first section included a descent for boats, new urban equipment and the reforestation of the area.
The descent for boats that will favor the practice of water sports and fishing, while reforestation will benefit the area of native species.
Salto opened a new tender for the recovery of the coastal strip
In the second stage, the construction of another descent is planned in the vicinity of the waterfalls of the Ayui. Currently, the call for tenders is open to award the next phase of the works, which would begin before the end of the year and include the northern coast to the mouth of the san antonio creek.
The beginning of the recovery of the coastal strip “is an old desire of the people of Leap and a claim from the community, from more than 40 years ago,” Albisu said.