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dams

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Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Enrique Peña Nieto

Save Río Usumacinta from dams

ENGLISH:  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!

SierraRios
1,036 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to The Honorable Ryan Zinke

Tell Interior Secretary Zinke: Help restore Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley!

Dear Secretary Zinke: Yosemite National Park once included two spectacular glacier carved valleys - Yosemite Valley along the Merced River and Hetch Hetchy Valley along the Tuolumne River. These valleys, like all national parks, are to be protected "in perpetuity". Today, Yosemite Valley is one of the world's most famous natural landscapes, and is a very popular destination for climbers, hikers or people who just want to stroll its meadows. Hetch Hetchy Valley, however, lies buried under 300 feet of water and is inaccessible to park visitors. When President Woodrow Wilson signed the Raker Act in 1913, he permitted San Francisco to clear-cut, dam and flood Hetch Hetchy. It remains the only time in our history that a single city has been allowed to appropriate one of our national parks for its own exclusive use. Studies show the Hetch Hetchy can be restored and that San Francisco can improve its water system so that its Tuolumne River supplies can be stored downstream of Yosemite. The City is unwilling, however, to consider making any changes. Yosemite belongs to all of us, not just one city. Hetch Hetchy Valley should be restored for the enjoyment of all. Please support the restoration of Hetch Hetchy, and work cooperatively with San Francisco to make the water system improvements that are necessary to make it possible. Together, we can make Yosemite whole again. For more information, visit hetchhetchy.org.

Restore Hetch Hetchy
956 supporters
Started 2 years ago

Petition to Evo Morales, Carlos Ortuño René Yáñez, Marko Machicao Bankovic

Save Río Grande and the Grand Canyon of Bolivia! Say NO to the Rositas Dam project

PARA ESPAÑOL, VEA ABAJO Rio SanPedro-Grande is a spectacular little-known free-flowing river flowing through the heartland of Bolivia and offers a world-class 3-week 594km class III-IV Grand Canyon-style rafting expedition, passing through high Andean scrublands and forests, arid desert canyons, and then Amazon jungle as it flows to Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Officials and foreign investors are considering construction of the 156-m high Rositas Dam project near its exit from the Andes that would flood ~100 km of the lowermost river with its jungle canyons and big-water rapids, displace indigenous communities, stop nutritious sediment from passing downstream to the Amazon, and destroy the habitat of a variety of fauna dependent on the river.  The river carries one of the highest sediment loads in the world and would fill in a reservoir with dirt within 30 years, meaning the life of the dam and project is so short as to make it a terrible investment. Government officials in Bolivia should know that this project and all other dam projects proposed on Río Grande are ill-conceived due to the short useful lifespans and the resulting destruction to the environment.  On the contrary, due to the river's navigability by raft, fun rapids, diverse ecosystems, fine beach camps, unique side excursions, interesting flora/fauna and friendly residents, it is sure to become one of the premier tourist destinations in the world should it remain a free-flowing river without dams.  Río Grande Sin Represas! See more info at: Slideshow: Chayanta-SanPedro-Grande Raft trip: SanPedro-Grande Video: Río SanPedro-Grande: a Grand Canyon of Bolivia   ESPAÑOL: Rio SanPedro-Grande es un río majestuoso en Bolivia que ofrece una expedición de 3 semanas de clase mundial al estilo del Gran Cañón, pasando por bosques andinos altos, luego por cañones áridos y finalmente por la selva amazónica cerca de Santa Cruz. Los funcionarios y los inversores extranjeros están considerando la construcción del proyecto Rositas, una represa de 156 metros de altura, cerca del termino de su cañón. Pero el embalse de este proyecto inundará ~100 km del río, desplazará a las comunidades indígenas, y destruir el hábitat de una variedad de fauna que depende del río. Además, el río lleva una de las más altas cantidades de liso/tierra en el mundo (un promedio de 4% en sus aguas) - tan alta, de hecho, que llenará el embalse de tierra adentro de 30 años, haciendo el proyecto obsoleto. Queremos declarar a los oficiales gubernatales en Bolivia que este proyecto y todos los proyectos de represas propuestas en el río Grande son mal concebidos y no deben avanzar debido a la corta expectativa de vida prevista, la destrucción al medio ambiente, y el desplazamiento de gente. Al contrario, debido a la navegabilidad del río por la balsa, los rápidos divertidos, los ecosistemas diversos, los playas finas para acampar, las excursiones únicas, la flora y fauna interesante y los residentes amistosos, el río se convertirán en uno de los principales destinos turísticos del mundo. Rio Grande debe seguir fluyendo libre.  Río Grande Sin Represas! Ver más información en: Diapositivas: Chayanta-SanPedro-Grande Viaje en balsa: SanPedro-Grande Video: Río SanPedro-Grande: un Gran Cañón de Bolivia  

SierraRios
416 supporters