This week the Chilean government canceled a controversial plan to build five hydroelectric dams on two of its southern rivers. It’s a victory for one Aspen non-profit that’s been fighting the $8 billion project for years. Aspen resident Weston Boyles started Rios to Rivers after floating the Baker and Pascua rivers in central Patagonia. He told Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen this week’s decision is a victory not only for his organization, but for many of the area’s residents.
Rios to Rivers created the video below before an exchange trip in the summer of 2013. Ten Chilean kayakers from the remote Patagonian town of Cochrane, Chile paddled the Grand Canyon to learn about how the Colorado River is impacted by dams and what was at stake for their home river.