Photographer's Note

Waters of the Ziz River form a vast emerald lake by the Hassan Addakhil Dam, north of Er Rachidia.

"The availability and distribution of water in the Tafilalt changed dramatically after the 1971 opening of the Hassan Addakhil dam near Errachidia, impounding the oued Ziz about 75 km north of the Tafilalt (Figure 1). Water from the oued Ziz used to flow unimpeded into the Tafilalt basin and provided the primary source of water for irrigation since the time of Sijilmassa. Floods were not uncommon. Now water from the reservoir is released through government canals only three to four times per year, depending on reservoir recharge, with each water release lasting 20 to 23 days (to allot 10-12 hr of water flow per village) and timed to correspond to more critical periods in the growing season (Miller, 1996) . This water contributes to the irrigation of about 9400 ha, more than 75% of all arable land currently used in the Tafilalt, but the water is so thinly spread that no longer can fields be irrigated solely with water from the oued Ziz."

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