Hi all. I wanted to put a plug in here for the efforts of Rocky Contos and his SierraRios project. You may have heard about Rocky’s passion for and exploration of the many beautiful rivers of Mexico. He recently completed a guide book of many amazing runs in Northern Mexico. His passion for rivers and specifically for unknown, unrun rivers continues to inspire many people.
What caught my attention recently is an effort he has begun in Peru. The Maranon River is the hydrologic source river of the Amazon and is from all accounts a true wonder of the World. There are suddenly many dams scheduled to forever change this amazing place few of us have ever heard of. I’m hoping you will take some time to visit his website and even sign a petition to express you opposition to the hydro projects.
I know it seems that all we hear about these days is another amazing watershed under threat of hydro development in an underdeveloped part of the world. As paddlers and river lovers we are bombarded by these tragic tales because our friends in the river community are the lucky few who are out there boating these exotic runs. This river in particular seems very significant for it’s many intrinsic values.
Here is an article and video by Rocky discussing the situation:
Sierra Rios’ Website:
SierraRios: Kayak, Raft, and Protect Rivers in Mexico and Peru
The petition can be found here:
Stop 20 dams planned for Rio Maranon, the Upper Amazon - The Petition Site
Please help Rocky and his dedicated supporters raise awareness for protecting this irreplaceable river. The people most affected don’t have the advocacy we enjoy here at home. Perhaps you can help make this movement gain traction! Thank You!