Field trip to Artikutza Valley
Saturday, November 28th, 2020
Artikutza Valley is among the best-preserved areas in the Cantabrian cornice. In 1919 the municipality of Donostia-San Sebastián acquired this 4,000-ha valley in order to guarantee good quality water supply to the town. Since then, Artikutza has been managed in a very conservationist way: only water supplying was allowed in the valley. Due to this management policy, today, Artikutza is almost completely covered with high quality forests and hosts an enormous biodiversity. Nevertheless, Artikutza valley has a black spot called Enobieta Reservoir. It was built in the 1950’s to supply drinking water to the province of Gipuzkoa. The 42-m-tall dam stores 1.63 Hm3 of water. Enobieta Reservoir has been neglected since the Añarbe Reservoir was built further downstream in 1976. Structural problems, aggravated by decades of neglect, prompted the municipality of Donostia-San Sebastián to decommission the dam. As far as we know, it will be the largest removed dam in the Iberian Peninsula, and this offers a unique opportunity to assess the effects of dam removal in one of the best-preserved river systems of the Cantabrian cornice.
Visit to the Albaola shipyard
In addition to the field trip to the Artikutza Valley, in the afternoon we plan to visit the Albaola shipyard, where whaleboats were constructed with wood extracted from the valley. More info here: www.albaola.com/en
More information about the social program, as well as the prices, timetables and registrations will come out soon