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Guy Bellairs writes some words about the Alqueva Dam.
The Alentejo region is currently very arid; it provides a meagre living for its farmers in good years, and destitution when the rains fail, which is not unusual. The dam will irrigate an area about the size of Devon and Cornwall combined, an enormous market garden will be created, furnishing fruit and vegetables.
The waterways will total more than 4,002 Km! The barrage, which is 60 feet higher than the great tower of the Bristol's Wills Memorial Building, used the latest cool-pour techniques, and embodies 500 electric sensors, to warn of any possible impending weakness in the structure. A small power station will furnish electricity without producing smoke or greenhouse gases. To minimise environmental damage, eleven teams of botanical specialists are working to ensure the survival, and if possible, the proliferation of endangered species of wildlife. 9000 trees are being transplanted and all other organic material removed to prevent the water being polluted by rotting vegetation. An archaeological team is also taking steps to preserve some ancient artefacts.
The inhabitants of the scruffy hamlet of Luz are being rehoused in a model village, carefully planned to provide civic amenities ranging from a crèche (for the recently arrived) to a cemetery (for the recently departed). No doubt some of the old folk will resent the loss of their ancestral homes, but their children certainly will not.
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  • Written Jun 16, 2003
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