River Hiking - River Secchia (Northern Italy) (Part. 2 - The channels in the plain)

River Hiking - River Secchia (Northern Italy) (Part. 2 - The channels in the plain)

I have already posted some photos about River Secchia in the sector that hinges the hilly and the plain course


and about one of its tributary (The Torrente Dragone) in the mountain sector


I would like to show another aspect of the River Secchia basin in the plain sectors.

In the Po plain the river beds of the main tributaries on the right side stand some meters over the mean ground altitude. This condition has the consequence that rainwaters can be brought by the rivers.

The next picture is really explicative: there is a vineyard at the base of the embankment that is more or less 5 meters higher than the ground altitude. That is the Secchia River. 


The Romans started to build a very articulated network of channels to avoid swamping of the lands. Nowadays rainwaters continue to be brought away by channels use either to irrigate.

Channel can be a simple ditch along a road




or greater ditch with hydraulic systems to deviate water and, locally, pumping plants to overcome the  altitude difference between channels and rivers.


In any case, the channels permit to observe a great variety of plants and flowers (depending by the season)


and also animals


All images were taken by me with a 5MPx camera.



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