After the Shadow Mountain Dam, the first dam on the Colorado River, high in the Rocky Mountains, there is nothing natural about the river anymore. Its flow is completely regulated by humans. It is the main plumbing system of the American Southwest, featuring some of the most famous water works in the world.
The major tourist destination Lake Havasu is a reservoir constructed a big pumping station indicates the start of the Central Arizona Project (CAP). This 336 mi (541 km) long diversion canal moves water from the Colorado River to central and southern Arizona. The CAP is the largest and most expensive aqueduct system ever constructed in […]
Regular flooding in the Mekong basin is essential for the rural and fisheries communities that supply a large part of the region with food. Development in the shape of dam construction severely endangers this age old lifestyle.
The Manwan Dam in Yunnan Province is one of the four first dams in the main stream of the Mekong River. People downstream already point fingers at the Chinese dams for reduced fish numbers. New dams in Laos will seriously alter the ecology of the river. Next week the governments of the Mekong river countries […]
“We need the power”
After ending up at the wrong dam yesterday I went on the road again early today to reach the Xiaowan Dam in the morning.
Today I spent 9 1/2 hours on the road with a guide and driver winding through small mountain roads to reach the Xiaowan Dam, the highest arch dam in the world.
Government Unilaterally Claims Regional Consultation Process Complete
Laos appears to have defied its neighbors in a move to resume preparations for the proposed Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong Mainstream, despite concerns raised by neighboring governments and regional civil society groups.
This is where The Colorado River ends. The Morelos Dam, on the border between Arizona and Mexico diverts all of the 1,5 million acre feet of river water that Mexico receives annually, into an irrigation canal to feed agriculture, industry and cities like Mexicali, Tecate and Tijuana. The little pool of water that seeps through the dam, disappears into the ground, not far after the dam. The rest of he riverbed, until its mouth in the Sea of Cortez, has turned to dust.