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Rain In Todos Santos, Visit To East Cape Baja Sur

Monday, August 22, I went on a car journey around the cape area of Baja Sur. We needed to drop off a car in storage near the airport in San Jose del Cabo so we drove Highway 19 from Todos Santos to Highway 1 in Cabo San Lucas, dropped the car off and then went north on Highway 1. We detoured to snorkel at Cabo Pulmo (the water was excellent and many fish were around but less than I had hoped for) and then continued north to Los Barilles and then west to El Triunfo and back on Highway 19 to return to Todos Santos. Highway 1 on the East Cape was an eye opener! It was lush and green and more like a jungle than dry Baja desert. Very different than the Todos Santos area. There were standing mud puddles and ditches full of water beside the road. Amazing! The road from Los Barilles to El Triunfo is twisty with cutbacks and hairpin mountain turns. I couldn’t really take photos and drive. Oddly enough, instead of the west side of the mountains being wet and the east dry, it’s working the other way around with the east side wet and west side dry. The closer we got to the Pacific side, the drier it became. The moisture is coming from the mainland and the Sea of Cortés, hitting the mountains and raining. Not much left for the west side.

That said, it rained during the morning of August 24 (Wednesday) here in Todos Santos and in Pescadero. It was a fairly steady 30-35 minute rain that soaked into the ground. Not enough for mud puddles or standing water but the ground did get wet. By Thursday morning you could no longer tell it had rained. We need more, but it was good to finally get a little. The dust levels are down and it cooled off nicely last night when the cloud cover finally broke. The ocean is warm, the swimming is good.

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More Press On The Resurgence of Cabo Pulmo

Since 1995, Cabo Pulmo has been a protected park and the no fishing status has been stringently enforced by locals. As researchers at Scripps Institute have reported, the results have been astounding. You can read more at the two links below:

Cabo Pulmo Flourishes

Cabo Pulmo Park Comes To Life

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Semarnat Visits Los Cabos Bearing Good News

According to the Gringo Gazette (and you must always take what they print with a handful of salt, lime and tequila although they usually get the message from visiting government agencies correct) Semarnat, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources at the federal level, representative Elvira Quesada said that the proposed Concordia gold mine in the Sierra de la Laguna mountains will not be allowed to continue. Apparently the land that Concordia has a permit to explore is not owned by them due to title irregularities. The permit they have will expire in July 2012 and not be renewed. The land under question is being claimed by Semarnat and will then be merged into the protected area of the Sierra de la Laguna. Semarnat’s state representative (Baja Sur) says Concordia does not have a mining permit and they will not get a land use or deforestation permit.

Semarnat also brought bad news for the Cabo Cortés development. They say over 100 scientists from many different organizations are currently working on the environmental impact statement which is needed for the project to continue. This is the first time that various oversight agencies have worked together on an impact statement. Also, more studies are needed besides the impact statement and they will take years to complete. For the project to continue, these studies must prove beyond any doubt that no harm will come to the protected marine park at Cabo Pulmo. Making matters even worse for Cabo Cortés, they need more money, $800 million dollars worth and their funding is coming from CAM in Spain and CAM is in trouble and hoping for a Spanish government bail out. With all the economic and monetary union problems in Europe and Spain in particular, this could mean no more funding for the project.

Whew! That’s a lot to digest, but if true, it’s great news. Let’s hope so.

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National Geographic Weighs In On Cabo Cortès Project In Cabo Pulmo

It’s hard to understand why the Cabo Cortès project is even being considered, not to mention being granted permits. Long term, nothing good for Baja Sur can come from it. All that construction and all that human waste can only be bad for the resurgent reef at Cabo Pulmo. Seems to be common sense but personal greed tends to triumph over the common good more times than not.

National Geographic, via news posts from Enric Sala, shares their view on the resurgence of Cabo Pulmo and the Cabo Cortès project at the links below:

The Aquarium Of The World

An Ocean Miracle

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