Yucatan cenotes in abandonment and carelessness
Tekit, Yucatan.- Environmental dependencies at federal and state level and civil groups have managed to extract between 1,400 and 3 thousand kilograms of garbage and waste in at least 10 Yucatan cenotes in the last six months, with the support of students from public schools from public schools.
In this municipality located south of the state, the Semarnat, the Grosjean expedition and the Subacuatic Ecology Group of Yucatan carried out cleaning and collection of waste in the Cenote Xpakay, located in this municipality of just 4,500 inhabitants.
Six divers were given the task of collecting garbage and pots at the bottom of those cavities, while young people from private schools collaborated in the collection of papers, bags and plastics, among others.
It is unfortunate the abandonment and carelessness of the cenotes where the Mayan communities themselves have no awareness, or interest in preserving it.
"It seems that people are worth these invaluable natural resources," says the coordinator of the Grosjean expedition, Sergio Grosjean Abimerhi.
The diver and speleologist summoned companies and individuals to collaborate in the cenotes aquatic cleaning task.And also to mayors, municipal and ejido commissioners to participate in the cleanliness and creation of responsible people who prevent these cavities from becoming a garbage dump.Grosjean started the first tasks in Cenote Xpakay.
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Only in this place, it was calculated, they managed to get around 700 kilos.
“It is incredible to get all kinds of things out of the depths of the cenotes and their surroundings such as tires, female towels, cans, plastic bottles and glass, metal structures of windows, cubes, old shoes, frayed clothes, bags with shells, betweenothers.A whole range of waste and garbage that the same community allows cenotes to be thrown as if they were public garbage, ”said Grosjean.
According to the Atlas that is preparing the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment (Seduma), in Yucatan there are 2,800 of these cavities, of which between 15% and 20% are abandoned, dirty, full of pots of alltype;They are also constant victims of looting, since in their depths there are natural and archaeological beauties.
Grosjean Abimerhi, coordinator of the expedition that bears his name, said that no resource is sufficient to clean and keep in good condition the vast majority of cenotes that are scattered in different parts of the geography of Yucatan and, therefore, they have summonedTo private companies, such as Bepensa, to collaborate with resources to reduce the problem.
In other yucatan cenotes, such as Yaxcabá, from Tecoco, Noc Ac and Dzityá gathered about 600 kilograms of garbage, which reveals the unconsciousness of settlers and visitors who leave all kinds of garments and pots in the place.
Grosjean Abimerhi said it was from this year that they decided with support from private companies, the state and federal government incorporate children and young people from primary and secondary schools in the cleaning tasks of the cenotes.
The Yucatan Peninsula is the only region where there are hundreds of cenotes that are unique natural resources and that should be valued in all its magnitude, said the speleologist and diver.
With online Nayarit information