Seen in the photo is a ‘dique’ or dam-like construction. They are built across barrancos to trap topsoil carried down in the rain water. The water builds up before flowing over the top, leaving the silt behind. This particular dique is being built in the Barranco del Rosalo.
La Junta is funding 345.000 euros for this kind of action but they are also waiting to see how the natural regeneration of vegetation shapes up – the lack of rain isn’t helping, but on the other side of the coin, the same lack of rain is a blessing in the race to keep the topsoil in place.
At the same time the Central Government via its Ministry of Farming, Food and the Environment, is injecting 250,000 euros into albarradas and fajinas (dry-stone walls & facines; i.e. bundled wood laid across wise to shore up loose earth).
(News: Lujar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)