A permanent water quality and sediment monitoring plan along the Rio Doce, in Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, is being implemented by the Renova Foundation, together with the environmental institutions dedicated to the matter. “This is a new phase of the work on the river and the coastal zone, which is more complete and systematic. All technical bodies participated actively in the construction of this plan, in an integrated manner, with the objective of assuring an even more representative process which adheres to the current scenario of the Rio Doce”, affirms Bruno Oliveira de Melo, who works in the Investigation and Monitoring Program of the Rio Doce Basin, by the Renova Foundation.
Up to now, the water monitoring network spans 52 points of the Rio Doce Basin, approved by the Interfederative Committee. To consolidate these places into the permanent plan, a multidisciplinary Renova team, composed of automation and instrumentation professionals, Environmental Analysts and Work Safety technicians, are visiting the areas, together with representatives of environmental bodies.
“Going to the field is important to evaluate the technical and safety conditions and precisely adjust the coordinates of the places where the equipment shall be installed”, Luciano França Rocha explains, the man responsible for the implantation of the automatic monitoring network of the Rio Doce.
Integrated work in the field
The visits to detail the points located in Minas Gerais shall occur between the 7th and 11th of November, with the participation of technicians from the National Water Agency (ANA), the Minas Gerais Water Management Institute (IGAM), from Ibama and Renova’s environmental team. In December, it shall be the turn of the technicians of the State Environmental Institute (IEMA) and the State Water Resources Agency (AGERH) from Espírito Santo to visit the points in the state.
The Renova Foundation has the mission of implementing and managing the repair, restoration and reconstruction programs, of the regions impacted by the rupturing of the Fundão dam, located in the subdistrict of Bento Rodrigues, in Mariana, Minas Gerais.
The Foundation’s role is to restore and reestablish the communities and the resources impacted by the rupturing and also substitute or compensate what cannot be remedied, always in an efficient, appropriate, transparent and ethical manner.