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Torredembarra nourishes the Platja Llarga de Tarragona with sand

The General Directorate of Coasts in Tarragona will extract some 2,300 cubic meters of sand until Wednesday from Platja de la Paella, the closest to the Torredembarra marina. The destination of most of these tons will be Platja Llarga de Tarragona, one of the great victims of the continuous storms of recent weeks.

Work started yesterday. The extraction area is delimited and by means of a bulldozer and a ‘bathtub’ truck, mountains of sand are being made to later transport them by road to the most fragile points of the Llarga.

Of this sand extraction, a small part will stay at home. Although Torredembarra is one of the few coastal towns that has been spared from the damage of these recent storms, the truth is that in the area of ​​Baix a Mar (at the other end of the beach where the sand is being extracted) there is an area that has lost sand. It is not on the coast, but a few meters from the shore. The permanent waves of these storms have exposed the rocks that are at this point of the beach and the objective of the contribution is to recover the surface that covers the rocks and thus make the entrance more pleasant for bathing.

These works of sand extraction and transfer to Tarragona are scheduled to end tomorrow. Meanwhile, the area will be delimited so that work can be done and leaving enough beach and space for bathers who frequent this Torrense beach.

PHOTO: Pere Ferré

The works carried out in Torredembarra have been brought forward a few weeks thanks to the weather improvement (the presence of drag is almost nil) and also due to municipal pressure, since the summer campaign is near and some beaches require a metamorphosis to accommodate tourists. The other beaches that have priority in the calendar of the General Directorate of State Coasts are Roda de Berà and Altafulla (particularly affected by these late storms) and then there are a series of requests from other municipalities of the Costa Daurada.

Likewise, it has also been authorized to extract sand from the mouths of some marinas such as Salou or L’Hospitalet de l’Infant, which as a result of these storms prevent the entry and exit of boats. In these cases, the sand is dredged and dumped on the nearest beach, without altering the possible underwater ecosystem of that area.

The 100,000 m3 in Vila-seca

On Tuesday the 24th, if there is no change of dates, the arrival of a dredge at the Port of Tarragona is scheduled. It is the dredger that must dump the 100,000 cubic meters of sand stipulated by contract on La Pineda beach as a compensatory measure for the extension of the Llevant dam.

These sediments accumulate a few meters from the shore and the dredger pumps the sand onto the beach. The works usually last between one and two weeks and once the sand is on the beach, excavators and personnel level it to leave the beach in good condition. In 2023 the agreement will end.

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