Berger’s dam plans face difficult test


Río Hondo sits on the edge of Central America’s driest valley, and at the foot of the lush mountains of the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve. The sun is strong. Rain is scarce. Yet the water still arrives, delivered by rivers that tumble down from the reserve’s cloud forests. Many local residents, led by Río Hondo’s mayor, warn that these rivers are now in danger. Prompting the concern are three small hydropower projects in Río Hondo—one that has been operating since 2000 and two more that are on the drawing board. Controversy over the projects has pitted townsfolk against private companies; the local government against the central government; and even environmentalists against environmentalists. Project supporters say the plants will bring more industry and... [Log in to read more]

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