Thought this may get your atention.
The Rio Sil is sort of vanishing between Doade and the embalse St. Esteban. Iberdrola has permission to install a second turbine (175 MW using 200m3/s water). This is going to be 13 meters below water level. So rumors are that the Rio Sil is going to be lowered 15 meters at St Esteban, thus 15 meters at Doade. At present the water level is falling at a good rate. I’ve read a range of documents, the usual company blurb, statements, environmental impact etc. but none seem to be concerned about the impact on tourism. I don’t imagine it’ll be fun to chug between 15 meter high walls of mud to crane your neck and imagine beauty. Also I have no clue n how the Xunta imagines the people to board a catamaran. At 15 meters the embrcaderos will be like climbing a rock face. I’m also not sure if they have envisaged the extra flow and the drag on the boats. Would be fun if in 2 years time Iberdrola runs the plant full tilt and two catamarans are clinging to the wall of the dam as they cant get away.
On the flip side Os Peares will be more fun as increasing the flow from 300 m3/s (maximum now) to 500m3/s at St Esteban will be quite noticeable.
Whilst stopping at the Rio Sil by chance I made the acquaintance of a beautiful Demoiselle. It’s a Damselfly that just settled for a while on a bracken and let me get close enough. Its a nice male! as the females have brown wings.
More about the Rio Sil and our trip to the now snow free sky resort of Manzaneda soon.