BAITOA, Dominican Republic.- Environment minister Bautista Rojas announced Thursday a plan to recover of natural resources within the area of the Tavera-Bao dam complex on the North Yaque river (central), the country’s biggest hydroelectric facility.
Rojas met with representatives of the dams and canals agency (INDRHI), the hydroelectric power utility (EGEHID), Plan Sierra, officials from the towns of Baitoa, Sabana Iglesia and Janico and from other communities near the dams built on a remote valley of the Central Mountains.
The management plan, to begin in April, aims to preserve and rescue the area’s natural resources and biodiversity, and protect the aquifers that feed the vast complex which stores more than 417 million cubic meters of water. "The idea is to protect and exploit the natural resources, providing wealth for the people to live in dignity from nature without assaulting it."
Rojas said among the basic points discussed was the commitment to prevent farming and ranching within 250 meters of the dams’ shores, maintain reforestation crews year-round, vigilance and control the lakes’ areas of influence.