Here is a short video produced and directed by Justin Quinn, an Oregon State University undergraduate. It features Jennifer Veilleux, water wonkette extraordinaire, who blogs at The Way of Water. Jennifer is finishing up her PhD dissertation in which she examines various aspects of dam development in the Nile (Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam) and Mekong (Xayaburi Dam) basins. It also features my bookcase in a background role.
The video deftly portrays the two different ways Egypt and Ethiopia are portraying the dam. Verrrry interesting!
I love it when Egyptian military analyst Hussam Swailam states that Egypt has no other sources of water. It does. The Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS), arguably the largest unfrozen freshwater reservoir on Earth - 375,000 cubic kilometers, about 500 times the anual flow of the Nile - on Earth, underlies a fair portion of the country. Egypt already pumps groundwater from the NSAS and other aquifers. So it does have other water sources, but of course, the Nile River and Egypt do go together like milk and honey and without the Nile, Egypt would dry up and blow into the Mediterranean.
But let's not forget that Egypt does not add any flow to the Nile and uses well over half its flow, whereas Ethiopia and Eritrea contribute something like 85% to the Nle's flow (that sounds high to me, but here is the source). So it's time for Ethiopia to develop its portion of the Nile basin, while respecting Egypt's needs.
C'mon guys - play nice!
And by the way - great job, Justin and Jennifer!
And beware the Ides of March!
"The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence." - Charles Caleb Colton