Grassroots groups to rescue Dominican Republic’s main river
Santiago.- To counter the Yaque del Norte River’s progressive deterioration as it flows through the city, neighborhood boards and community groups on Sun. began forming the “Yaque del Norte defense committees.”
Pro-culture and Environment Agency coordinator Ramón Enrique Pérez said that some 20 neighborhood boards pledged to form groups in their communities to immediately work to avert the Yaque del Norte’s “slow death” from pollution and deforestation.
“We understand that this is a great step we have taken on this date, every day we become more aware of the need we have to preserve the Yaque del Norte, because of the economic, ecological and environmental importance it has for all Dominicans,” Pérez said quoted by diariolibre.com.
He said deforestation, trash, served water and industrial and business waste that end up the riverbed are what most damage the Yaque del Norte basin.