SIARG was created to have a shared approach to the conservation and enhancement of the Gier Roman Aqueduct.
At the start of the 2000s, a dossier was created to request that all of the Aqueduct and not just the well-known parts should be listed as an historic monument in France. This is an indispensable prerequisite for being able to ask UNESCO to award it World Heritage status.
While awaiting a response to this request from the Ministry of Culture, individual communes also made requests for all the remains in their territories.
Mr Paul Delorme, alors Vice-Président du Conseil Général, a réuni un Comité informel où étaient présents, outre le SIARG, les OT des Balcons du Lyonnais et de la Vallée du Garon, l’Association de Patrimoine en Pays Mornantais et l’Araire. Il a réuni tous les services de la DRAC. La Directrice responsable du Service d’obtention des classements a informé de la difficulté de prouver que cet aqueduc était un seul monument de 86 km du fait que, jusqu’à présent, des vestiges séparés avaient été classés. L’autre difficulté était que la collectivité publique achète les parcelles pour devenir propriétaire du monument.
SIARG supports member communes who undertake work on the remains of the Gier Roman Aqueduct.
This support takes the form of grants of up to 20% of the cost of works before tax (justified by paid bills) to a limit of 6,000 Euros per operation.
Information boards indicating the presence of the Aqueduct have been installed in all member communes.
Over a period of several years the Syndicate has put in place signposts to help visitors easily find parts of the Aqueduct as well as information boards in French and English describing the principal remains.
Since 2012, SIARG has set up 12 information boards located at the most noteworthy parts of the Aqueduct.
These boards are accessible to all with French and English versions of the texts.
The images and texts help visitors better understand the monument and the methods used in its construction.
In order to help visitors discover the Gier Roman Aqueduct SIARG has published a folder presenting the whole of the 86km of the Aqueduct. It is available in the tourist office “Monts du Lyonnais”, at the “Maison de l’Aqueduc” and in the town-hall of Lyon’s 5th district. A third edition was produced in 2017.