LIFE Programme

Life Aquor - Provincia di Vicenza

Provincia di Vicenza

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Welcome to LIFE+ AQUOR

"IMPLEMENTATION OF A WATER SAVING AND ARTIFICIAL RECHARGING PARTICIPATED STRATEGY FOR THE QUANTITATIVE GROUNDWATER LAYER REBALANCE OF THE UPPER VICENZA'S PLAIN." (LIFE 2010 ENV/IT/380)

GENERAL OVERVIEW

The current climate changes, widely acknowledged in literature, require the development and the implementation on a large scale of mitigation and, more urgently, of adaptation measures that are more needed where the human impact already represents a threat to the ecosystems and to the natural resources.

Among the negative effects, is recognized how the Mediterranean countries, and Italy is one of those, are experiencing a change of the typical climate factors, specially related to the rainfall regime. In despite of just a small reduction of the total amount of water that reaches the ground from the atmosphere in the last decades, a real change of the hydrological regime is occurring. This is shown by a temporal contraction of the meteoric events together with an increase of their consistence: it rains a little less and more rarely but with a higher intensity.

Therefore, in a water stress condition, like the one which affects the Po valley within the Veneto Region (so called “Pianura Padano-Veneta”) where the natural availability hardly faces the human needs of the resource, the “no-action” alternative represents a dramatic choice.

The natural infiltration capacity of the soil is heavily compromised while the fast and increasing change of the flows into down-flows represents from one hand a problem for the ecosystem balances and from the other hand a direct threat for the citizens’ health.

In particular, the slow impoverishment of the water resources of the undifferentiated groundwater table of the upper Vicenza’s plain, causes serious effects such as: lack of water, water conflicts, outflow of the resorgiva natural system, increase in the investment costs for the water supply.

The upper Vicenza’s plain, widely studied from the hydro-geological point of view, represents a natural geologic reservoir of groundwater. This land is therefore strategic for all the citizens who live in this area and who use this water resource. The present drawdown’s trend is scientifically proved and a concrete effort for a reversal of this trend is needed and cannot be postponed any longer.

THE PROJECT

LIFE+ AQUOR was conceived as a demonstration activity to foster a reversal of the current trend of overexploitation of groundwater resources and to increase the hydro-geological recharge rate of aquifers. The goal is to restore the groundwater balance in the Vicenza Upper Plain and ensure the sustainable use of this resource by current and future generations.

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The picture shows project area: it is bounded on Prealpi Vicentine to the North, on Monti Lessini to the West, on limit of resorgiva's area to the South, to East the area reaches the city of Bassano del Grappa and Tezze sul Brenta.

 


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