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Work on Nosara River to be done in stages
• Work to begin by the airport and the Los Angeles neighborhood

By Arianna McKinney

It looks like some work on the Nosara River in response to a resolution issued in July 2009 by the Constitutional Court may finally begin in December. The work will be done in stages budgeted at 300 million colones ($600,000) for each stage. This is an approach different from the single large dike project costing 1,600-million-colones ($3,200,000) that was proposed in February 2011.

Marcos Avila, president of the Nosara Development Association, explained that the decision to do work in stages is because expenditures of this amount do not require an environmental impact study, whereas an investment of a higher amount does.

On Wednesday, August 10, about 20 members of the Nosara community, including representatives of ASADA (the Nosara Water Association), the Development Association and the Police, met with the mayor of Nicoya canton, representatives of the Committee of Emergencies (CNE), a geologist and an engineer from SENARA (National Aquifer Water Service) to determine where to begin work on the river.


This man from the neighborhood near the airport shows the level that the River Nosara waters reached during Tropical Storm Thomas in November 2010.

After the meeting, members of the community accompanied the civil engineer in charge of the project, Ricardo Chinchilla Murillo, to inspect the river. They determined that the most critical point to begin work is by the airport. A second point identified is an area in the Los Angeles neighborhood where the road is already cut off. 

The first stage will focus on extracting materials from the river. However, removing materials from the river is not a long-term solution. During the meeting Chinchilla Murillo pointed out that the river would have to be maintained and material should be removed periodically.

Christoph Hubmann from the ASADA raised concerns about what effect the work might have on the mouth of the river. “The value of Nosara is its natural beauty,” he observed. “My experience is that humans make a disaster.” Chinchilla explained that the design done in 2010 by the CNE took into account factors such as a 25-year simulation of the flow of the river to see how the river behaves, if it endures or not. 

During the meeting, Mayor Marcos Jimenez said that concessions affecting the river would be done away with. “Goodbye, concessions,” he quipped. Avila said that one approved concession exists and two more have not yet been approved but are being halted.

The question of how best to invest money and where to intervene is critical so the effort has a long-term effect. According to Chinchilla Murillo, the 1,600 million colones promised by Vanessa Rosales, president of the National Committee of Emergencies, in response to the emergency decree issued for the Nosara River will come in stages of 300 million colones each, with each successive stage taking place every two months.


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