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Prettiest Dominican city must stop dumping its trash into the river

Santo Domingo.- Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic’s city of the “Eternal Spring” basks in the economic boom especially evidenced during long weekends’ when visitors converge by the thousands, must stop dumping its s—t into the Yaque del Norte river, whose very existence threatened as the north region’s main source of water for homes and farms.

Arguably the country’s most beautiful town nestled in the highlands of La Vega province, Jarabacoa turns especially vibrant with its unrivaled ecotourism backed by hundreds of villas and hotel rooms and as many as 12 housing projects.

It also provides extreme sports among them canyoning, alpinism, horse riding and trips to the 10,300 foot high Pico Duarte, with Rancho Baiguate and Rancho Jarabacoa pioneering the attractions.

But at the center of Jarabacoa’s enviable allure of pine forests, hundreds of streams and waterfalls, is the Yaque

Newspaper El Caribe reports that the 296-kilometer (180 miles) long Yaque del Norte, which in addition to Jarabacoa, supplies piped and irrigation water to Santiago, Moca, Montecristi and Mao, is starting to show signs of pollution from untreated water.

Won major battle, but struggle continues

In mid 2003natives of Jarabacoa were able to come together and fight construction of the Manabao-Bejucal-Tavera dam proposed by then president Hipolito Mejia, because it would’ve detoured the river before reaching the town.

In typical fashion an annoyed Mejia responded to what seemed ungrateful to his good intentions. “They can continue dumping their s—t into the river.”

Unfortunately after that, the only project aimed at cleaning the Yaque’s water has been a canal to divert the Yerba Buena stream with all the waste dumped into it, but a link to complete the work wasn’t built and was inexplicably abandoned.

Source: DT

May 14, 2016

Category: DR News |

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