The Condit Dam: A Make-or-Break Decision
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The environmental impacts of hydroprojects—large and small—have been the subject of debate for several decades now. Researchers have pronounced different verdicts at different points in time. Some have confirmed that the realignment of river flows, and construction of dams to impound large quantities of water, had led to adverse consequences to natural ecosystems. Others have opined that the cumulative impact of a large number of small projects could have more serious consequences per megawatt (MW) of energy extracted, relative to larger projects.
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