Begin forwarded message:
From: Graeme Addison <firstname.lastname@example.org>Date: October 25, 2013 3:24:40 AM PDTTo: Gustav Greffrath APA Council <email@example.com>, "Alice Jay - Avaaz.org" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.comCc: YEEHA <firstname.lastname@example.org>Subject: SAVE THE ORANGE RIVER GORGE
Dear supporter of free rivers
Do you know that we could soon see a section of the Orange River Gorge impounded (channelled and possibly dammed) and used to generate electricity for a private consortium?
The magnificent Orange River Gorge and other sections of the Orange which are also due for hydro projects are not for companies to exploit as they wish. This is the use of a common resource for private gain. It must be completely opposed in principle. I have little information right now about the projects but will be researching and letting you know.
Whether or not we succeed in preventing such abuse, we must also campaign for improved rights for river runners and all users such as hikers and local communities who could bear costs in one way or another. Nothing is to be gained at this stage by helping the consultants for the Environmental Impact Assessment. I know from past experience of other projects that consultants are retained by the developers. Opposition to such projects may be turned into evidence for "mitigation" of the projects (ie to support the basic proposal with some concessions). All avenues of public and legal protest should bring pressure to bear to prevent despoilation of the river that belongs to all of us.
The report below is of vital interest to river runners in South Africa. Notice how on The Snoqualmie River the local paddling organisation and the paddling community brought pressure to bear on developers to object to river closure. Also, that the eventual outcome was a better form of access and some degree of discipline on the developers.
I will keep you briefed on the Orange River proposals as they are put to public comment. READ ON BELOW ABOUT THE SNOQUALMIE RIVER IN USA.