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The Torrent Acquanegra

The Torrent Acquanegra
 
The Torrent Acquanegra 
 
 
 
The Torrent Acquanegra was born as the only emissary of Lake Monate at 266 m above sea level After traveling 11.6 km with an average gradient of 0.6% and has received the support of a small number of minor tributaries, it flows into Lake Maggiore, at the Cascina Levorascio in the town of Ispra, at 193 m asl 
The stream flows in the upper floodplain through a territory rather than man-made and covered mainly by sparse forests of deciduous trees. The channel has a wide and low bottom substrate consists mainly of sand and mud, and comes with a meandering course, due to the minimum slope and turbulence of the water, which favors the formation of large deposits of fine and coarse organic detritus. 
The fish population of the river, is not particularly rich and shows the predominance of resistant species such as chub and gudgeon. The brown trout is present and represented by adult individuals, the result of the various fish repopulation carried out as part of fisheries management. Of some importance is the presence of lamprey valley, protected species and a decrease in its distribution area. A time, through a system of scolmatoi, the stream supplied the energy necessary for the operation of some mills, of which only one today, unfortunately, survived. The movement of the blades was used not only for grinding cereals, but also to produce seed oil as well as paper.
 
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