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Isla Mujeres hotel fined for leaking mangrove water

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — The municipality of Isla Mujeres reports the sanctioning of a hotel after they were found performing work that lead to the leaking of stagnant mangrove water.

Isla Mujeres city council says Hotel Izla was sanctioned by the Directorate of Environment and Ecology for leaking stagnant mangrove water during the cleaning of rainwater wells. Council says the work was being done without their knowledge.

Carlos Barranco García from the environmental agency explained that upon learning of the project, inspectors arrived at the hotel to supervise the work which is when they realized the hotel was dredging three wells which resulted in stagnant, non-residual water being leaked. They were fined for not following protocol.

“They were carrying out well cleaning work, however, as it was mangrove water, it generated a bad smell, but it was not sewage. The spill was controlled by hotel personnel and they were informed that the next time they needed to carry out actions like these, they must inform city council or they will be fined again,” Garcia explained.