When did you last see Iponan River exhibiting less turbidity? … not brown, not chocolate? …20 years ago, perhaps? River conditions have drastically changed ever since the campaign against illegal mining in the hinterlands confiscated mining equipment in the past few months.

Photos taken today revealed Iponan River has changed from the “chocolate brown – orange” into somewhat greenish turbid state… which is common among many rivers today. As shown in the photos, it is unlike the “heavily silted color” before. Maybe, the high tide also is a factor when seawater flows upstream but still, this is a significant development.


On the right side is the ongoing slope protection project by DPWH along Bulua side. On the left is Barra, Opol.


More slope protection measures are being implemented downstream of the Iponan Bridge as shown along Barra side.


On the slope protection project, it is almost done.

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Meanwhile, photos below show the upstream portion. Bulua on the left and Iponan on the right.

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A different contractor is implementing this portion of the slope protection project which is set for completion in June 2013.


Clearly, the color has changed…nearby residents say the river returns to brown sometime in the afternoon but not as “turbid brown” when illegal mining was rampant.

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Hopefully, those living in the hinterlands will finally do away with mining as their livelihood.

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