The Tadi Khola is a tributary of the Trishuli River, one of Nepal’s most popular and easily accessible rivers with impressive gorges, exciting rapids. Sadly, the Trishuli and its tributaries are also one of the most exploited. The Tadi Khola originates from lake Surya Kunda and flows through nine towns before meeting the Trishuli River at Devighat in the Bidur Municipality of Nuwakot District. The river is being exploited for hydropower: one plant is currently under operation (Thaprek Hydroelectricity Projects (HEP), 5 MW), and four more hydropower projects are planned for construction (Middle Tadi HEP(5.33 MW), Upper Tadi HEP (11 MW), Lower Tadi HEP (4.9 MW), and Tadi Khola HEP (5 MW)). Illegal sand and gravel mining activity is causing dramatic changes in stream-banks and channels, impacting the in-stream flow, water chemistry, temperatures, bank stability, available cover, and siltation of the river. The Tadi Khola Affiliate of Trishuli River Waterkeeper will actively patrol the waterway and collect information to share with local community members and policymakers to advocate for protection the watershed.
Sanot Adhikari leads the Youth Alliance for Environment (YAE). He graduated from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science with Distinction in 2010. He has studied and worked on water systems, wildlife, climate change adaptation and environmental areas in Nepal, including as Environmental Monitoring Officer in Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) (Upper Trishuli Hydropower, 3A). Sanot is an energetic, committed, and adaptive environmental campaigner and advocate for improved water policy. He has attended various workshops, seminars and conferences held nationally and internationally on climate change and sustainable development goals, including the 2014 UNFCCC COP 20/CMP 10 in Lima Peru. Sanot’s hometown is on the upper stretch of Tadi Khola, a major tributary of the Trishuli River.
Shivapuri, Rular, Municipality- 5, Nuwakot District