Word is Micos might be damed. Very very sad if this is happening. Happy on I am on my way shortly to get the last goods. Will try to get more beta while down there.
Doesn't get into the water diversion info to help evaluate impacts, but this just out from the NM whitewater club:
My name is Kelly Gossett, secretary of the Adobe Whitewater Club. You may know my good friend Dr. Jorge Alberto MÃ rquez Juarez from Ciudad Valles, S.L.P. Mexico (cc'd here). On a recent kayaking trip to Valles, we learned of plans to build a larger hydro-electric plant on the Micos. By this time next year, the Cascades on the Micos will be dry. It is important that we act promptly to discourage this action. Your contacts, both in the US and Mexico are critically important to this effort.
As you know, the Micos is only runable a few months out of the year. Because of this low-volume flow, an additional hydro-electric plant in this area does not make economic sense. The construction cost of this new plant is estimated to be $5m USD whereas the recreation to this area has increased from appx. $70k/yr (USD) in 1997 to over $7 million/yr in 2005 . In other words, they are spending $5m to lose $7m annually. While the construction of the plant may bring temporary jobs to the area, it will put many local restaurants, commercial rafting, rappeling, SCUBA diving and cliff-jumping companies out of business.
It is my goal to communicate this information with as many kayakers as I can and solicit trip reports and opinions from kayakers who have visited the area. This information will be used to help build our case to preserve the Micos. We have connections with several Corps of Engineers hydro-electric plant operators in the Texas hill country, who are also kayakers, who will present their professional opinion to S.L.P. politicians and plant managers. I also have contact with a rancher on the Micos who owns several thousand acres between the Cascades and Valles. This will likely impact his operation as well. The commercial outfitters in the area also have an interest in preserving the Micos as well.
The week between Christmas and New Year's generally draws hundreds of paddlers from across the nation and around the world. There will be 10-20 in our group during that time. I hope to get word out to Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Paddler Magazine and other national publications to help draw attention to this paddling paradise and spread the word regarding this sensative environmental issue.
Again I ask for your help. There is strenght in numbers. Any contacts you have who have paddled this area would be helpful. Ideas regarding increased publicity and/or dealing with mexican politics would also be helpful. Any other comments or suggestions regarding this preservation initiative would also be greatly appreciated. This will be a huge, but valuable learning experience for all of us. I sincerely hope future generations of kayakers and outdoor enthousiast will be able to enjoy this incredible river.
Thanks for your help,