Baram River, Borneo
Baram Dam, The proposed 1200 megawatt dam, which plans to flood an area over 400 km2 and displace around 20,000 people from 26 villages, had access roads cut through Native lands in 2013. Different indigenous groups from the entire catchment area have banded together at two main blockade points, cutting off access roads to the proposed site. They have put aside historic cultural differences to fight together to protect their land and to ‘Stop the Baram Dam’ the time of publication the Baram Dam blockades have been manned for over 600 days, ceasing further development....... READ MORE HERE
RIO SAMANA, COLOMBIA
Taking its sources high up on the western slope of the middle cordillera, she gathers the water of many small tributaries before becoming the Samana, a big, powerful and unpredictable river. The drive from Medellín to the put-in is breathtaking but it's once you are in the canyon that the true face of the Samana is exposed. World class big water class 4 rapids are packed with playspots and fun moves, if you lift your gaze you'll see walls of green jungle cascading to the water level. The low granite walls have been carved by millions of years of erosion and the forest hides a biodiversity rarely equalled. Near the end, a magnificent last gorge offers stronger paddlers Zambezi-size rapids, often super sized by the discharge from the nearby hydro facility of “ San Carlos” Increasing the flow up to 10 times when producing electricity....
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Construction of the second tallest dam in America has been proposed in the heart of a treasured Alaskan wilderness, threatening the Susitna River, an Alaskan icon and one of the most legendary rivers in the whitewater world.
The US Bureau of Reclamation first examined the hydroelectric potential of the Susitna River in 1948. Plans for development were considered and abandoned a number of times. However, in 2008 when oil prices were high and money was flowing into state coffers, Alaska began to reconsider the construction of the mega-dam on the Susitna. A 224-meter dam would be built about 190 km north of Anchorage, forming a 110 sq. km reservoir..... READ MORE HERE