Fieldwork In Honduras
image of el cajon dam
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El Cajon dam, a double arch concrete structure, 225 meters tall (738 feet) that impounds a 97 km reservoir holding 5.7 million cubic meters of water, when it is full. The reservoir has been chronically low, meaning that the dam has seldom generated its 300 megawatt capacity (Hurricane Mitch, in October-November 1998, took care of the low water level. The reservoir rose 30 meters in a span of 6 days!) The dam, financed largely by the Interamerican Development Bank and theWorld Bank, cost $800 million to build and is by far the largest single piece of infrastructure in Honduras.