The River Po is with its 652 kms the longest river in Italy. It flows through the whole Padana Plain and its basin extends itself for 71.000 square kilometres, lapping four regions.
Along its course, the river is fed by 141 tributaries and smaller streams, and it touches 13 Provinces and 474 towns, a large area inhabited by 16 million people.
The Po springs at the foot of the Monviso, that belongs to Piedmont Alps, and it flows into the Adriatic Sea. Here it ends in a large delta divided into six branches.
The river is also a big attraction for the environmental, cultural and sport tourism. Thanks to the over 60 parks, wildlife reserves and facilities, Po River is an ideal scenario for biking, horsing or sailing. A wide range of indoor proposals is offered as well: over 30 museums, villas and documentation centres dedicated to the river and its events and people such as Don Camillo and Peppone and Giuseppe Verdi.
The Po is internationally recognized as the most important river of Italy also for being the scene of historical, social and economic events in the past and in the present.
It is also an important resource for the economy of the region.
Each year, 5.3 billion of cubic meters are drawn from the underground waters, and then they become 25.1 billion of cubic meters of superficial water.
Nowadays, its waters are employed for civil, agricultural and industrial aims, and to get electric energy.
On the river banks are located over a third of the Italian industries and agricultural production, and an half of the zoo-technical heritage.
That is the reason why we consider very important to grant the hydraulic safety of the river: this is the aim of the AIPO, Agenzia Interregionale per il fiume Po (Po River Interregional Agency). The Agency has been founded in 2003 and it inherited the fuctions of the previous Po Magistrate, created in 1956. The Agency deal with the realization and the maintenance of the safety hydraulic works (as the embankment, which are mostly used also as cycle and pedestrian trail), the monitoring (previsions and managment of the river flood), the infrastructures for the fluvial navigationa and of the hydraulic police.
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