15 rivers in Occitania awarded for the good condition of their waters, find out which

The five divisions of Occitania have three fish tags for some of their rivers.
The five divisions of Occitania have three fish tags for some of their rivers. (©Illustration Fabien Hisbacq – News Occitanie)

water agency a Publishes a list of new “good standing” rivers in the Rhône-Mediterranean and Corsican basins. 40 rivers, 15 of which are in Occitaniaadds to 69 “Rivers in good condition”, which has already taken this ecological distinction. The award given by the water agency guarantees the good ecological quality of the water and encourages the actions of local managers who ensure this achievement.

Here are the winning rivers of 2022 in Occitanie:

  • this upstream case (from its source to its confluence with the Maubert stream) and Abeau stream (From its source to its confluence with Ganière) it is managed by the Joint Syndicate for the Development of the Cèze Basin. Guard.
  • this salanderA branch of Galeizon (from source to confluence), Saint-Germain’s Roach (from source to confluence), Saint-Martin Roach and Mialet Cockroach It is managed by the EPTB des Gardons. Gard and Lozere.
  • most cemetery It is directed by Syndicat mixte des vallées de l’Orb et du Libron.‘Herault.
  • most vidourle (from source to upstream of Cros), Esclafar stream and Valestalière stream (tributaries of Vidourle) is located upstream of Cros and is administered by the EPTB of Vidourle. Guard.
  • most torgan (Verdouble’s arm) and Verdoble upstream (Agly’s arm) is managed by Syndicat mixte du bassin versant de l’Agly. Pyrenees-Orientales and Aude.
  • most Lamanère, Canidell and Broad (Technology’s subsidiary) Syndicat mixte de gestion et d’organisation is managed by Tech-Alberes. Pyrenees of the East.


panels decorated with three blue fish will soon be installed near access points to winning rivers.

These panels will appear on new rivers in Occitania.
These panels will appear on new rivers in Occitania. (© Water Agency)

Other rivers awarded before 2022

Other rivers have joined the circle in Occitania in recent years. There’s Orbieu, Sals and Aguzou. aude, Rieutort, Gourdouse, and Galeizon protection, Orb, Jaur, Vis and Brissac and Mercadel (Avèze) Herault, in Sainte-Croix Gardon lozere and Saint-Jaume Pyrenees of the East.

5 water quality assessment criteria

Achieving the “river in good condition” ecological distinction is a voluntary process and any management structure can request it from the water agency. An internal water agency committee created aquatic environment experts decides to give the distinction, as well as experts on water data. The committee examines five criteria for evaluation. good ecological water quality determined by European regulations, such as some variation river biology and pollution level with organic or chemical substances

for three years

Data on the withdrawal of water in relation to the flow of the river, absence of physical damage (e.g. embankments, banks, thresholds, etc.) and an asset clear and effective managementthe guarantor of the sustainability of the good condition of the river, completes the diagnosis of the water institution.

Awarded for three yearsThe ecological separation is renewed for the same period, but can be reversed if the ecological status of the river is lowered.

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