Rivers of Barcelona

April 12th, 2009 | by nick |

Barcelona is flanked by two rivers, the River Llobregat ten kilometres to the south-west, and the River Besòs to the north-east.

The Llobregat is the second longest river in Catalonia, and ends in the Mediterranean Sea, in the municipality of El Prat de Llobregat, near Barcelona. It is heavily managed in its lower course greatly reducing the flood risk in the city. Water that previously emptied into the sea is now pumped upstream to increase the natural flow, recharge the delta wetlands and control seawater incursion. On the very negative side the old riverine habitat along the river has been ruined, with serious impacts on birdlife.

The River Besòs (wikipeidia)

The much smaller River Besòs forms the north-eastern border of Barcelona. It passes through the highly industrialized ring around Barcelona, and had the dubious honor of being the most polluted river in Europe during the 1970s and 1980s. Since the mid-1990s, however, the river has been cleaned up significantly. The river has extreme variations  in flow depending on rainfall.

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