Genova - Nine heavily polluted sea sections, one polluted. These are the data that emerged from the 23 samplings that Goletta Verde of the Legambiente group carried out on various sea areas in Liguria, at outlets of streams and rivers: “A slight improvement compared to last year, when we had found 16 polluted points. But this is due to the drought that results in lower quantities of water ending up at sea,” explains Santo Grammatico president of Legambiente Liguria.
The heavily polluted areas in the province of Imperia are at Arma di Taggia at the mouth of the Argentina river and in Riva Ligure near the Rio Caravello; in the Province of Savona at the seafront at Ceriale, at Pietra Ligure at the mouth of the Maremola river; in the province of Genoa at the mouth of the Nervi river, at Bogliasco at the mouth of the Poggio and at Chiavari and Lavagna at the mouth of the Entella; in the province of La Spezia in Manarola at the outlet of the Belvedere and at San Terenzo di Lerici in front of the canal. The polluted area is in Sarzana at the mouth of Parmignola: “The results raise concerns about health, biodiversity, but also about tourism and fishing. We ask the institutions to intervene,” said Mattia Lolli spokesman for Goletta Verde. “Of the 23 points examined at least 16 were popular swimming spots. Only six of them had the proper signage.” “The responsibility of marine pollution often lies with the communities inland. We must proceed with interventions on the purification network,” adds Grammatico. The sampling and testing process was performed by Legambiente’s mobile lab between 9 and 11 June.
The parameters investigated are microbiological (intestinal enterococci, Escherichia coli) and the areas that were considered polluted had results that exceeded the limit values as set by the legislation regarding water safety for swimming currently in force in Italy. The areas that were considered heavily polluted were those where test results were twice over the above mentioned limit.