Praia da Franquia, in Vila Nova de Milfontes, reopened today to the public, in its entirety, for bathing use, after having received sand replacement works.
The Chamber of Odemira explains that this “Transposition of Sediments from the mouth of the Mira River to Reinforce the Cordão Dunar” is the responsibility of Sociedade Polis Litoral Sudoeste, in coordination with the APA – Portuguese Environment Agency.
The completion of the work, according to the municipality, «is scheduled for the end of September and includes the removal of sand in the river bed and the replacement of sand on the beaches of Franquia and Furnas and the execution of complementary works on the beach of Franquia, such as the creation of stormwater drainage structures and the execution of dune regenerators».
The operation “provides for the removal of 130 thousand tons of sand from the river bed, to a maximum depth of 1,5 meters below sea level. About 100 thousand tons were placed on Franquia beach and the rest will go to Furnas beach, on the south bank», adds the Municipality.
The total investment, including the Environmental Impact Study (EIA) and the elaboration of the projects, is around 1,7 million euros, with 85% reimbursed by the Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources (POSEUR/Cohesion Fund).
"In addition to removing the silt of the main channel of the river Mira, strengthening the dune cordon and improving the quality of the bathing area, this intervention will lead to a reduction in the intensity of currents along the beaches and an improvement in navigability conditions in the river's estuary", concludes the municipality .