Photographer's Note

This is the father of the little girl
who lives in a shack built on the garbage dump on the edge of the Rio Higuamo in San Pedro de Macorís. Mangroves grow here along the shoreline which consists of garbage from the community of over 250,000 people. His front yard is nothing but ashes from the buring garbage.

The Higuamo River has been subjected to uncontrolled effluent discharges from industrial facilities. This pollution has destroyed much of the coral along the coast and at times has even contaminated the beaches. Frequent fish kills in the river have been documented by the Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidraulicos (INDRHI) and reported by local fisherman. According to local fishermen, fish populations have severely declined within the river during the last decade. The river is not considered productive for catching fish, and most fishing is done offshore in the Caribbean Sea. Local fishermen have observed spawning runs by the false pilchard, during which fish kills occur near the existing industrial outfalls.

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Additional Photos by Herb Allison (herbnallison) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 65 N: 132] (1109)
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