Argentina to Dam World's Only Atlantic Steelhead River

April 21, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

The tag line beneath the “Free Argentine Waters” blog logo says it all: “if you hate something, don’t you do it too.” It seems Argentina is destined to relearn history as they move forward with plans to dam the Rio Santa Cruz, which begins in the Los Glaciares National Park and runs to the ocean 240 miles to the east, all the while providing important spawning water for numerous species. “Santa Cruz River holds two rare privileges, it is the last great river in Argentine Patagonia flowing freely and it is the only river in the world to receive wild runs of Steelhead from the Atlantic Ocean. Two distinctions soon to be challenged with the construction of Condor Cliff and La Barrancosa dams.”