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COLORADO RIVER BASIN -- Colorado River Bridge - An Engineering and Construction Marvel | James Stillings, New York Times

Brazil approves Belo Monte dam, despite fierce opposition

I hope that this image travels the world . . . "While newspapers and television talk about the lives of celebrities, the chief of the Kayapo tribe received the worst news of his life: Dilma, "The new president of Brazil, has given approval to build a huge hydroelectric plant (the third largest in the world). It is the death sentence for all the people near the river because the dam will flood 400,000 hectares of forest. More than 40,000 Natives will have to find another place to live.

The establishment of the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1933 was designed to integrate the use of all natural resources in a river basin. The TVA project created jobs and contributed to the ongoing economic development of the regions in which they were built. The work undertaken by the agency during the Great Depression greatly assisted the economic/social rehabilitation of an entire region. The TVA continues to be a significant component of the nation's water planning/management…

Jeremy Wade with 43 pound Golden Dorado caught by the Salto Grande Dam on the Uruguay River, border between Argentina and Uruguay. - Image Credit: DCL