Mae Wong Dam

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Mae Wong Dam
Mae Wong Dam is located in Thailand
Mae Wong Dam
Location of Mae Wong Dam
Country Thailand
Location Mae Wong District, Nakhon Sawan Province
Coordinates 15°55′01.74″N 99°19′39.18″E / 15.9171500°N 99.3275500°E / 15.9171500; 99.3275500Coordinates: 15°55′01.74″N 99°19′39.18″E / 15.9171500°N 99.3275500°E / 15.9171500; 99.3275500[1]
Purpose Flood control, irrigation
Status Proposed
Owner(s) Royal Irrigation Department
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, earth-fill clay-core
Impounds Mae Wong River
Height 56 m (184 ft)
Length 903 m (2,963 ft)
Width (crest) 12 m (39 ft)
Reservoir
Total capacity 258,000,000 m3 (209,000 acre·ft)
Surface area 12.3 km2 (4.7 sq mi)[2]

The Mae Wong Dam is a planned embankment dam on the Mae Wong River, a tributary of the Sakae Krang River, in Mae Wong District of Nakhon Sawan Province in western Thailand. The purpose of the dam is to control floods and supply water for irrigation. The dam's reservoir will be located within Mae Wong National Park which has drawn opposition.[2]

Background[edit]

On April 10, 2012 Thailand's Cabinet approved the THB 13 billion dam project in response to water shortages in the dry season and heavy floods in the wet season. Opponents of the project state that it will eliminate around 1,760 hectares (17.6 square-kilometers) of low-lying forest, and reduce the habitat for animals in the national park which covers 900 square-kilometers.[3] In July 2012 a case was filed at Central Administrative Court, against Yingluck Shinawatra, the cabinet, the director-general of the Royal Irrigation Department, and the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives.[4] On 22 September 2013 Bangkok Post said that in Bangkok "Thousands of supporters turned out on Sunday to welcome the environmental campaigner Sasin Chalermlap, who arrived in Bangkok after a 388-kilometre walk to protest plans to build a dam in Mae Wong National Park".[5] Days later the Thai government announced that they will study a new alternative to the dam.[6] During a November 2013 hearing, locals reportedly supported the projects benefits and asked the government to pursue it.[7] On 23 September 2013 Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi stated that construction of the dam will push forward.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mae Wong Dam" (in Thai). Royal Irrigation Department (map). Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Mae Wong Dam Project Details Nakhon Sawan" (in Thai). Royal Irrigation Department. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Last tiger sanctuary in SE Asia at risk". May 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ PM, others sued over Mae Wong Dam
  5. ^ Big reception for Mae Wong marchers
  6. ^ "Government ditches Mae Wong dam plan". Bangkok Post. 26 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hearing backs Mae Wong dam". Bangkok Post. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Plodprasop defiant on Mae Wong dam