The Santa Cruz river, located in southern Patagonia in Argentina, is born from the Lago Argentino and carries the glacial water from Los Glaciares National Park. It flows through the plateau until reaching the Atlantic Ocean, where it pours its waters. The Santa Cruz and its valley are a sanctuary of wildlife, fossils, archaeological remains and the course needed for the migration of the Atlantic steelhead, unique in Patagonia. Argentina has arranged the construction of two immense dams, Néstor Kirchner (RNK) y Jorge Cepernic (RJC), that will produce 10 per cent of the energy the country consumes in the present time. The building of these dams can affect the natural development of three Patagonian glaciers, one of them being the Perito Moreno, declared as Patrimony of Humanity by Unesco, and will also modify the pristine geography of the valley. The magnitude of the environmental impact is unforeseeable and will undoubtedly mean the disappearance of the Santa Cruz River, with all that entails.
Fly dreamers has followed the development of the dams project on the Santa Cruz River since its beginnings. In constant contact with the locals of the area, we have communicated to the entire fishing community the importance of supporting the battle against the construction of these dams, spreading the word about the existing campaigns and also addressing the issue between our base of contacts. We have witnessed the recent environmental triumphs in our neighboring country, Chile, and we will continue to fight to stop this threat to our cultural and natural heritage.