A Dam On The Ing River

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  1. Heineken

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    So a few weeks ago I was out on my X-Max exploring around Thoeng area of Chiang Rai and came across a construction site at the Ing River, 1st thoughts were this is a new bridge......., only problem is there are no highways or main roads around this area lol


    So after a bit of research I found out that this is a "building project of a drainage door and water level control station" In the Ban Rong Ryu District. The Ing river is temporarily bypassed around the construction site whilst it is under construction, I read that the project is due to be completed in about 12 x months.


    This time of year the Ing river does not flow at all, some sections, obviously the deeper section still have water, other parts you can walk across the dry riverbed.


    I came across a couple of photos of an artists impression of the completed project, which imo looks great..................



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    Here are my photos from a few weeks ago, after seeing what the completed project will look like it is quite obvious as to what stage they are at now, ill make a point of going for a look every month or so and putting an update here.........


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    That's a nice find & worthy of following up.

    There is a project to develop & protect the Ing River Wetlands I believe, but I understand that is much closer to the Mekong & Chiang Khong.

    There was another project to divert the waters of the rivers - Yuam, Pai, Kok & Ing, flowing out of Thailand into neighbouring countries, back through Thailand via the Nan& Ping. There is also a similar plan like that for Esarn too I believe. I will see if I can dig out some links for them.
     
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    Update.................


    So the photos that I took above were from about 1 x month ago, it was a cooler clear morning again today so I went to see if there was any progress, not alot, the concrete work is continuing for the river gates. They have laid the foundation as to what I would presume is a big toilet block, lots of obvious plumbing to indicate that. The stonework continues along the river banks, all the rocks are laid into chicken wire cages to hold the rocks in place.


    It will be interesting to see if the coming rains will cause much of an issue ?..........................I took a few pics of the river levels atm, both upstream and downstream from the dam ;)...........................and again know one seemed to worry about Heineken riding about taking a few pics, maybe it helps that I always give a wave to the trucks/machines and vehicles I ride past :innocent:


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    Here's an interesting bit of info for the Ing River & the downstream surrounding wetlands, as it is called.

    The Ing Watershed is one of the most abundant watersheds in Thailand. It consists of rich natural resources and ecosystem diversity, including forests, mountains, rivers, stream tributaries, and watershed areas. The 260-kilometer basin river flows from Phayao Province to Chiang Rai Province in Northern part of Thailand before linking to Mekong River. It’s water’s path is interesting in that it basically flows south into the Phayao lake, & then flows out to swing back North into the Mekong at Pak Ing, downstream from Chiang Khong.

    The Ing river communities have shared a close relationship with the watershed since it has nurtured them for centuries. They have developed their local wisdom on natural resource management combined with their way of life. This includes organizing traditional irrigation, community forestry, watershed and fishery zone managements.

    A proposed SEZ in Chiang Rai near Boon Rueang was to use 3,000 – 4,000 rai for an industrial zone, but it united the villages & greatly strengthened their community & resolve to save their environment.

    Boon Rueng has a 300 years old village forest that is an important source of food for the local communities. In the wet season the waters of the Ing inundate the river basin, spurring migratory fish to enter the Ing from the larger Mekong to spawn. The flooded forested river banks providing excellent spawning grounds for a wide variety of fish. After the wet, when the river recedes, many young and old fish go back downstream in the dry season.

    In 2020 The Boon Rueang community has just won a UNDP Equator Prize.

    The Equator Prize is awarded roughly every two years to recognise and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities. As local community and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize shines a spotlight on their efforts by honouring them on an international stage.

    The UNDP awards the US$10,000 prize biennially to recognize outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. As sustainable community initiatives take root, they lay the foundation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and overcoming the climate crisis.

    Boon Rueang Wetland Forest Conservation Group of Thailand wins global environmental award: The Equator Prize

    On Google maps take a look around here
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