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  • The Chalillo Dam on the Macal River in Belize is facing renewed criticism after a local watchdog group released photographs that show the dam is discharging discoloured orange-brown sediment-laden water, polluting downstream users and threatening the river's ecology and ocean reefs where it empties into the Caribbean Sea.
  • Excess turbidity of the Macal River water, if not dealt with, can result in public health and other environmental problems, according to an environmental expert contacted by the Belize Institute of Environmental Law and Policy (BELPO). BELPO points the finger at the company that operates the Chalillo and Mollejon Dams, Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL), as being responsible for the present state of the Macal. Read the full article by The Reporter.
  • BELPO, acting on behalf of people and communities downstream of the dam projects, charged that the Department of Environment failed to monitor and ensure adherence to the Environmental Compliance Plan (ECP) for the Chalillo Dam. Read the article published in the Star on July 5, 2009.