canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
Gola di Muro
Once the village of Muro Lucano was simply called "Muro"; the adjective "Lucano" was added to distinguish it from another Muro, which is located in Puglia. The origin of the name "Muro" (Wall) is uncertain, but I would say that the name comes from the element of the landscape that best characterizes the village and its location: the impressive wall of the canyon of the river Pascone. Muro Lucano, in fact, stands overlooking the western wall of the canyon, which constitutes for it a formidable natural fortification.
Today that Muro does not have to be defended from attacks by armies and marauders, its canyon can be appreciated for what it is, for the grandeur, the corridors of rock, the majestic sceneries.
I remember ...
Muro was built on the side of the canyon: inevitable that the latter suffer the impact of human activities.
In the 70's the canyon of Muro was used as a dump for municipal waste. In those years the waste management in Italy took place in a foolish, with open dumps often located on the banks of the waterways. In addition, once a month landfill site operators set fire to waste, and so a black smoke rich in dioxin poisoned the villages and the countryside, forcing people to keep their windows closed for a couple of days. Fortunately, over the years Italy has adopted more appropriate rules, and thus waste management is getting better and better. Dumps aside the waterways were all closed, and the incineration of waste is done only in special facilities designed to break down harmful emissions and harness the energy of combustion. However in the canyon of Muro still remain evidences of the felon use of the canyon as a dump: on the bottom of the gorge there are indeed a lot of iron scrap and heaps of plastic and rags.
Something similar can be told regarding the management of wastewater. On this issue we have gone from sewer dispersed anywhere in the territory to wastewater
collection and treatment in dedicated plants. The spread and improvement of sewage treatment plants is having a positive influence on the health of waters of the
Italian territory. For example, in 2012 the quality of bathing waters has improved by 4.8% over the previous year, resulting in higher than the European average.
Much remains to be done but, I am convinced, the situation will continue improving.
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