|DEFENSORES DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE DE LOS TUXTLAS, A. C.
|DEMATAC promoted the creation of the “Comité de Vigilancia
Participativo Ambiental" (Committee for Environmental
Vigilance) de PROFEPA” (Federal Environmental Protection
Agency) for Catemaco, Veracruz. The meeting was held in the
Restaurant La Ceiba in Catemaco.
|March 31, 2006
DEMATAC was named Substitute Consultant for the incumbent: “Sendas. A. C.” in the Consejo Asesor de las Asociaciones
Civiles para La Reserva de la Biosfera - Los Tuxtlas.
|January 26, 2006 – 4:00 p. m.
On January 20th. DEMATAC presented an official complaint to various government offices against Ing. Julian Méndez
Garcia, operator of the gravel pit owned by “Perforaciones y Voladuras, S. A. de C. V.” for deforestation. (See
complaint: ENGLISH TRANSLATION . . . )
At approximately 4:00 p. m., January 26th the gravel pit was closed by municipal (H. Ayuntamiento de Catemaco)
court order. (We have been told by several police officials on the scene that the order for closure was due to the deforestation. We have not been
able to officially verify this as yet.)
|December 19, 2005
The pilot project, ACOPIO DE PLASTICO Y PAPEL EN ESCUELAS DE BAJOS RECURSOS EN CATEMACO (STOCK PILING &
RECYCLING OF PLASTIC AND PAPER IN LOW INCOME SCHOOLS IN CATEMACO) came to its conclusion with the
presentation of Certificates of Recognition to the participating schools. (For photos see: Acopio de . . . )
Esc. Primaria Niños Heroes de Chapultepec, first place, with a total of 1,424 kilos of recyclable material.
Esc. Primaria Xicontécatl, second place, with a total of 318 kilos of material.
The total weight of recyclable material collected by the five participating schools was 1,900 kilos.
July 27, 2005
C.M.A.S. (Municipal Water & Sanitation Commission) repaired the drainage regulator at Espagoya Beach within six days
of the date DEMATAC filed a complaint with the Director.
(For photos see: Playa Espagoya . . .)
The plan for the higway circling Lake Catemaco was modified after protests and complaints filed by DEMATAC and other
July25 & 26, 2005
The two day hike "SALVEMOS AL LAGO DE CATEMACO" (Save Lake Catemaco) and the "CONCURSO DE PINTURA INFANTIL"
(Children's Art Competition) ended successfully, calling attention to sources of contamination of the lake and increasing the
awareness of nature for the participating hikers and adolescents. (For photos see: Exitosa Caminata . . .)
May & June, 2005
In May, DEMATAC, in a reunion with the Municipal government of Catemaco, recommended the fining of people who throw trash in
rivers, lagoons, vacant lots, and streets and highways, as a step in the right direccion toward resolving the problem of trash in the
In June the Municipal Government began to announce through the news media that those who throw trash in public areas will be
May, 2005 to date:
The gravel pit "EL ARENAL Y OJO DE AGUA" (aka: Gravera de Los Hermanos Gracia), after years of complains and with the
intervention of DEMATAC& PROFEPA have promised to institute a program of reforestation.
February 12, 2005
DEMATAC inaugurated a cleanup campaign in Catemaco, designating various communities where trash would be collected from
public and private areas on designated weeks - with community participation. This resulted in the Municipal Government initiating
similar campaigns in the area. (For photos see: "Campaña de limpiesa . . . ")
|After much effort and various complaints filed with PROFEPA, Catemaco Municipal Government
offices, and others, by DEMATAC, Eng. Julián Méndez García, owner of “Perforaciones y
Voladuras, S. A. de C. V.”, has begun a reforestation project on Cerro Nixtamalapan, with fruit
bearing and hardwood varieties. “Perforaciones y Voladuras, S. A. de C. V.” is a gravel mining
operation that has been the center of controversy for several years in Catemaco, Veracruz.
We congratulate Eng. Méndez for his enlightenment and for his labors, and we thank Tu Decides
Veracruz, who were responsible for supplying the seeds and advice, and the Reserva de la Biosfera – Los
Tuxtlas for their support and the guidance they provided Eng. Méndez.
We sincerely hope that these efforts are the forerunner of future steps necessary to repair damage done
by the mining operations in Los Tuxtlas.
|"Water treatment plant to operate at 100%"
October 26, 2006
Since May 26, 2006 DEMATAC, has filed various complaints with the appropriate governmemt offices
concerning the deplorable condition of residual water plant in Catemaco. Apparently we are finally seeing
results for our efforts. Biologist Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Mouriño, Director of the Municipal Commission of
Water & Sanitation has stated that the plant should be operating at 100% by years end.
(Link in Spanish)
DEMATAC will continue to monitor the situation, with the hope that the plant will soon actually operate at 100%.
|Reforestation Project on Cerro (hill) Nixtamalapan
|December 18, 2007
|PROFEPA Confiscates Snakes
February 27, 2008
|their survival. The Green Vine Snake is in excellent condition.
DEMATAC members Raúl Cabañas Giffard, Herpetologist and Dr. Lorelei Bojórquez Galván, DVM, accompanied
the reptiles and transported them to the Museo de Serpientes Bothrops located in the Museo Interactivo de Jalapa,
|Raúl and Lorelei examine the snakes for injuries and tick infestation.
|ADDITIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS MAY BE FOUND ON THE PAGE:
|“Green Vine Snake” (oxybelis fulgidus)
|Boa Constrictor Imperator
|San Juan Seco de Valencia
March 10, 2008
|August 6, 2008
Patricia Contreras Isidoro of the community of Tibernal,
municipality of Santiago Tuxtla for raw sewage
entering the Tibernal River from a treatment plant near
her cattle pasture. DEMATAC visited the site on
December 12, 2007 and verified that the plant did not
have adequate processing capacity for the community of
Tibernal, was not operating effectively, and lacked the
material necessary for water treatment.
After the filing of an official complaint, plus several
personal visits and phone calls to the municipal offices of
Santiago Tuxtla by DEMATAC, Senora Contreras advised
us that the Municipal President visited the community
and reached agreement with the citizens to make the
repairs that they required. DEMATAC is confident that,
between the citizenry and the Municipal President, an
adequate solution will be reached, but we will continue to
monitor the situation.
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May 1, 2008
On April 10th, we published an open letter to Catemaco's Municipal President regarding sewage from an unrepaired main
draining into Lake Catemaco, sent it to members of the press, and posted copies in various prominent places throughout
Catemaco, including the lobby of the Municipal Palace.
(See Open Letter, April 1O, 2008: "Come Swim with Me")
On April 11, 2008 repairs were resumed, after having been ignored for months, and have now been completed.
Was the publicity generated by DEMATAC responsible for resuming repairs? Or, was it . . . Coincidence?
|We report! You decide!
|Report on DEMATAC Complaints filed with PROFEPA
Biologist María Dolores Castillo Gallegos, Head of PROFEPA in Catemaco
|Illegal Sale of Turtle Shells
March 4, 2009