Nela (river)

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Nela
Arch carved by the Nela River, Puentedey, Orbaneja del Castillo, Province of Burgos, Spain.jpg
A natural arch carved by the Nela River in Puentedey, Burgos Province
Country Spain
Basin features
Main source Montes del Somo, Merindad de Valdeporres
ca 1,200 m (3,900 ft)
River mouth Ebro River
Basin size 1,081.20 km2 (417.45 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 75 km (47 mi)[1]
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    16.70 m3/s (590 cu ft/s)

The Nela is a river in northeastern Castile-Leon, Spain, one of the tributaries of the Ebro River. It has a watershed of 1.081,20 km², with a total length of 75 km (47 mi).

The river has its source in the karstic hills of Montes del Somo, near Merindad de Valdeporres. Most of the Nela's water is drawn by the Trasvase Cerneja-Ordunte to supply water to Bilbao, as well as irrigation.[2] There are fishfarms in Busnela and Pedrosa de Valdeporres, as well as a hydroelectric complex in Nofuentes. Finally the Nela flows into the Ebro near Trespaderne.

The amphibian Discoglossus galganoi, the fish Chondrostoma toxostoma and the snail Elona quimperiana are among the most common animal species found in the Nela river's waters.[3]

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Coordinates: 43°00′38″N 003°44′24″W / 43.01056°N 3.74000°W / 43.01056; -3.74000