The Nicaragua Canal and the Rio San Juan route
Submitted by guil on Sat, 2010/11/20 - 07:01.
The Nicaragua Canal and the Rio San Juan route (Gran Canal Inter-Oceánico por Nicaragua y Ruta Río San Juan)
- Geological, because the subsoil in the middle and lower river is formed by a layer of sandy material ranges from 60'(18 m) and 150' (46 m) from its confluence with the San Carlos River to its mouth in the Atlantic Ocean
- The negative effects to the environment (damage to river and marine ecosystems, destruction of the river by digging, cutting and dredging to correct its course, deepen and broaden the canal to be wide enough and smoothing curves into long straight sections)
- Commitments to UNESCO to safeguard protected areas located in the basin
- The sediment carried by the river and its tributaries would generate difficulties and high maintenance costs
- The costs that would be generated by the construction of hydraulic works needed for flood protection during periods of rain
- Requires a lower investment cost (U.S. $ 17.4 million). This is mainly due to a smaller volume of soil excavation. In addition, the geology of the area is excavation-friendly. The topography of the land is relatively flat, with an upward slope of 2% in the first 54 km from the coast of the Atlantic. Further from this point on, the route is located in a land-depression with relatively uniform topography, clearly showing a corridor between foothills at Chontaleña (heights between 60 and 200 meters at certain points) to reach a point 16 km from the east coast of Lake Nicaragua. From here starts another extension of flat land with a slope of 2% to the lake.
- Does not interfere with any river or major natural obstacle and is therefore eliminating potential hydrological problems
- It is the route that least affects the environment. The terrain of the route is already damaged and very sparsely populated.
Alternative Routes Nicaraguan Inter-Oceanic Canal:
- Route.1 Cayman Rock - Río Escondido - Río Mico - Río Oyate - Lago de Nicaragua - Río Las Lajas - Río Brito.
- Route.2: Cayman Rock - Río Escondido - Mahogany Creek - Río Rama - Río Oyate - Lago de Nicaragua - Río Las Lajas - Río Brito.
- Route.3: Hound Sound Bar (sur de la Isla del Venado) - Río Rama - Río Oyate - Lago de Nicaragua - Río Las Lajas - Río Brito.
- Route.4: Punta Gorda - Río Tule - Lago de Nicaragua - Río Las Lajas - Río Brito.
- Route.5: Punta Gorda - Río Los Sábalos - Río San Juan - San Carlos - Lago de Nicaragua - Río Las Lajas - Río Brito.
- Route.6: San Juan del Norte - Río San Juan - Lago de Nicaragua - Río Las Lajas - Río Brito.
Recommended Route "3" Nicaragua Inter-Oceanic Canal