Relocation of populations living within the towpath of lagoons and streams or highly floodable areas of the Matanza Riachuelo Basin, Esteban Echeverría


The initiative consists of the relocation of the population settled on the banks of the Ortega stream, in the LA Morita and San Ignacio neighborhoods, of the town of El JAgüel, in the Esteban Echeverria Municipality. The new urbanization will respond to the judicial sentence “Beatriz Mendoza c / Estado Nacional” issued by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, whose execution is processed in the Federal Court No. 2 of Morón. Said ruling provides for the provision of a healthy, balanced and suitable environment for human development to families that are located within the towpath of lagoons and streams or highly floodable areas of the Matanza Riachuelo Basin.

“This work will allow many neighbors to join the formal urbanization and not live in a situation of environmental risk. It is the first relocation of the ‘Mendoza’ cause of families from the province of Buenos Aires who are on the banks of the Matanza Riachuelo Basin”, affirmed Fernando Gray.

The families were relocated to the new housing complex in the Montecarlo neighborhood of Monte Grande Sur.

“We continue working so that many neighbors join the formal urbanization and can live in decent houses, with all the services and without environmental risk,” said Fernando Gray.

Likewise, the community chief indicated: “We have already begun with the tasks of environmental healing of the banks of the Ortega stream in the neighborhoods of La Morita and San Ignacio de El Jagüel to incorporate the area for public use.”

The housing complex has 240 houses with 2 to 5 bedrooms, full bathroom and kitchen-dining room. The neighborhood has LED lighting, urban signage, accesses and paved streets, and drinking water, sewer and natural gas services.


Autoridad de Cuenca Matanza Riachuelo, Ministerio de Habitat de la Republica Argentina, Jefatura de Gabinete de la Nación, Juzgado Federal N° 4 de Moron, Gobierno de la provicia de Buenos Aires.


Direct Beneficiearies: 144 families inhabitants of Arroyo Ortega Margins
Indirect Beneficiaries: Population assest in Rio Matanza basin.



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11 April 2022
Barrio Montercarlo Complex with 244 Houses constructed, including all basic infraestructure
4 November 2022
190 Families relocalized from polued banks of Ortega Stream
4 December 2023
Public espace reconverted in banks of Ortega Stream

Staff / Technical expertise
Multidisciplinary teams from the Municipality and national government, involved more than 60 professionals