Save Río Usumacinta from dams

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Río Usumacinta is the "Sacred Monkey River" of the Maya but has several dams planned for it that would flood historic Mayan archaeological sites, have devastating impacts for riparian wildlife, force residents to relocate, and destroy one of the finest rafting rivers in all Latin America. The river's Mayan name actually translates to "Sacred Monkey River", appropriate due to the high density of the revered howler monkeys in the river corridor.  This river passes through beautiful jungle rainforest and was home to two major classical Mayan archeological cities: Yaxchilán and Piedras Negras that continue to be popular tourist destinations.  Río Usumacinta is the most voluminous river in all of Mexico and Central America and passes through the "Gran Cañon de San José", one of the most impressive canyons in the world. Raft trips down the river allow tourists to visit the Mayan sites, camp on large beaches, see jungle wildlife and enjoy the calls of howler monkeys. Mexico's energy department (CFE) continues to advance plans to put a dam on this river, and has been actively pursuing the final dam to be built at Boca del Cerro.  However, This river deserves to be protected, not dammed for more energy that can be generated by other means.  HELP US STOP THE PLANNED USUMACINTA DAMS!  MAKE A COMMENT HERE THAT ALL CAN SEE!

More info:  see SaveRioUsumacinta, Slideshow, and  RaftTripInfo

ESPAÑOL:

El gobierno mexicano tiene planes para construir 5 represas en el Río Usumacinta, el Río del Mono Sagrado de los Mayas. Las represas se llaman "Tenosique", "La Línea", "El Porvenir", "Isla el Cayo" y "Yaxchilán". Para construirlas se inundarán sitios arqueológicos mayas; además, sus impactos pueden resultar en impactos devastadores a las selvas, su flora y fauna y en el desalojo de muchos residentes a lo largo del río.

El río Usumacinta es el más caudaloso de México y Centroamerica y el principal acceso a los sitios arqueológicos de Yaxchilán y Piedras Negras. En recorrido de balsa, se puede ver todo el río - sus selvas maduras, fauna, playas maravillosas, y el Gran Cañon de San José con sus rápidos. Las presas cambiarán esta oportunidad para siempre. AYÚDANOS A MANTENER EL USUMACINTA LIBRE PARA LAS FUTURAS GENERACIONES!



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