La realidad detrás las represas hidroeléctricas para que no tengan los ojos cerrados:
DR. RAFAEL GUZMÁN MEJÍA started this petition to ANDRES MANUEL LOPÉZ OBRADOR, DR. VÍCTOR MANUEL TOLEDO MANZUR, & SERGIO HUMBERTO GRAF MONTERO
DECLARE THE CANYON OF LOS HORCONES RIVER AS A NATURAL PROTECTED AREA
Some natural areas don’t become a conservation priority until the moment we are poised to lose them. The Los Horcones River Canyon is now at that moment.
While only about a 40-minute drive south of Old Town Puerto Vallarta, the Los Horcones River has until now remained well preserved over much of its course from the heights of the Sierra El Cuale (over 2,300 meters) to its mouth at Boca de Tomatlán. Aside from passing some ranches and a few small villages along the way, most of this river’s course flows through vast stretches of intact forest (pine-oak forest along its upper reaches transitioning to tropical dry forest around 400 meters). Its steep granite walls have helped protect it so far along with the amazingly diverse flora and fauna that it shelters—river otters, jaguars, and rare orchids included.
This January, the residents of the working-class village of Boca de Tomatlán found themselves embroiled in a fight against an invalid project threatening to expropriate this river´s water through a dam and pipeline. Purportedly in the name of generating “clean energy,” contractors were given a shady exemption to proceed without the required environmental impact or social impact studies and none of the effected communities were ever consulted. It was a clear insult to the law of the land and the dignity of these communities. Further insulting is that after months of protests, the name of the owner of this would-be dam and pipeline privatizing and commercializing the community’s water has not yet been released publically. Our community deserves to know who will own the water if this project is brought to fruition and the final destination of the energy it would generate.
The damage that has already occurred—clearing of tropical dry forest (one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems), extirpation of fauna, excavations, and demolition down into the very bedrock along the shores of this river—is alarming. But what’s more alarming is what’s at stake if this river is not protected. Not only will the terrestrial species that depend on this river suffer and die, the Bay of Banderas will lose one of its last significant sources of fresh water. Of the other major rivers feeding into the Bay, only the Ameca and Cuale still have a trickle of water making it to the sea year-round. The others (Pitillal, Eden, Palo Maria), are already so overexploited that they flow all the way to the sea only during the few months of the rainy season. As the last significant free-flowing river of our region, Los Horcones provides nutrients and a change in salinity that is essential to marine wildlife including humpback whales, dolphins, and sea turtles.
While we thank the good people of Boca de Tomatlán for staying strong in their resistance so far, this fight can’t be theirs alone. For all who love Puerto Vallarta, wildlife, whales, our planet—and for those who believe in protecting local cultures and their way of life—this fight is yours too.
Learn more at: vivanatura.org/rio
This petition to Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and top environmental authorities gained over 50,000 signatures within just one week of going public and is quickly picking up momentum.
BOB PRICE: This illegal dam that will destroy the Horcones Canyon is a nightmare on the very doorstep of PUERTO VALLARTA. This multi million dollar project has begun against the wishes of thousands of local residents who believe in preserving their environment. Who are big money interests behind the dam? No one knows for sure but you have to wonder why they would need to go to such extreme measures to grab PVs last untouched freshwater river. There is a freshwater crisis looming on the horizon for Puerto Vallarta that the current infrastructure cannot deliver enough water to keep up with all the building. The water wars have begun. Where are local LEADERS who are allowing this illegal construction to happen without so much as an environmental impact study? ..... Get involved ...... PLEASE:
DR. RAFAEL GUZMÁN MEJÍA lanzó esta petición dirigida para Presidente Constitucional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos ANDRES MANUEL LOPÉZ OBRADOR y 8 otros/as