In 1964, one of the most important hydroelectric projects in Central America was launched in Nicaragua, which would completely change the landscape of a city when a successful 54 km² reservoir was built for energy purposes. However, more than half a century later, it is in agony due to poor agricultural practices and the effects of climate change.
This is the first part of the story of Lake Apanás, the country's first artificial lake, now in danger of extinction, and an approach to its conservation.
In the department of Jinotega (north), near the valley of La Cruz, surrounded by mountains and mist, lies this artificial lake, which is the main generator of energy for the national electricity grid and represents 35% of Nicaragua's total consumption.
Over the years, its waters have also become the main support for the activities of 3,500 coffee growers and another 3,000 vegetable farmers.