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Small hydroelectric dams increase globally with little research, regulations

January 24, 2018

Hydropower dams may conjure images of the massive Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state or the Three Gorges…
Fish to benefit if large dams adopt new operating approach

December 20, 2017

Thousands of dams built along U.S. rivers and streams over the last century now provide electricity for homes,…
Amazonia’s Future Will Be Jeopardized by Dams

June 16, 2017

Building the hundreds of hydroelectric dams proposed for the Amazon River Basin will cause massive environmental damage all…
Several nonpowered dams along the Ohio River to be converted to hydroelectric dams in 2016

July 17, 2016

In 2016, nearly 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity generating capacity is expected to come online from dams that…
New NSF EPSCoR Grant Focused on the Future of Dams in New England

August 11, 2015

A new $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR program will fund a four-year study examining…
Rivers recover natural conditions quickly following dam removal

October 9, 2014

A study of the removal of two dams in Oregon suggests that rivers can return surprisingly fast to…
Simulation models optimize water power

August 6, 2014

The Columbia River basin in the Pacific Northwest offers great potential for water power; hydroelectric power stations there…
The Connected Consequences of River Dams

January 10, 2014

In a case study of dams on the upper Missouri River, USGS researchers have demonstrated that an upstream…
Optimization Modeling Helps Control Electricity Supply Continuity in Brazil

November 19, 2013

For boaters, fisherman and others, a lake filled with water is an opportunity for recreation. But for an…
Dam it all? River futures in northern Australia

August 19, 2013

Yesterday in Darwin, Australia, the country’s Prime Minister announced his plan for northern Australia. He called for a “national imagination”…
Sediment trapped behind dams makes them ‘hot spots’ for greenhouse gas emissions

August 1, 2013

With the “green” reputation of large hydroelectric dams already in question, scientists are reporting that millions of smaller…
Bird study in China key to eco-health

May 31, 2013

A Monash University ecologist is assisting in an international study into birdlife in an environmentally threatened area of China.  Dr…
Small Dams on Chinese River Harm Environment More Than Expected

May 29, 2013

A fresh look at the environmental impacts of dams on an ecologically diverse and partially protected river in…
Tracking sediments’ fate in largest-ever dam removal

March 8, 2013

Salmon are beginning to swim up the Elwha River for the first time in more than a century.…
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