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In addition to analyzing environmental impacts, the team assessed how each alternative would affect power production during periods of peak demand when the value of energy is higher which occur in the winter and summer and in the mornings and evenings versus when demand is low and the value of energy is lower like during the middle of the night. The hydropower facility also provides 1, megawatts of electrical generating capacity to more than five million customers.

Was this even considered? Researchers at the U. The decline laogry aquatic insects downstream from some hydroelectric dams has been linked to a widespread practice known as hydropeaking, whereby river flows are increased during the day when electricity demands are large, according Every month or two, a massive pulse of clouds, rainfall and wind moves eastward around the Earth near the equator, providing the tropics their famous thunderstorms.

The team argonnee seven alternative ways of operating the dam.

Argonne report to help dam north of Grand Canyon balance environment and hydropower needs

In the next few months, the U. For example, it has contributed to a decline in the population of native humpback chub, as well as the erosion of beaches once built aargonne replenished from sediment transported downstream during annual floods. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute.

So reports a new study in the journal Ecological Monographs, based on an exhaustive three-year analysis The dam was built in for water storage and flood control and is crucial to water distribution to about 40 million people in Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. After modeling the effects of these alternatives, the team recommended one that would improve the conditions of downstream resources and limit impact on hydropower generation.


Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made. The plan, which was released earlier this month, is designed to be flexible and responsive to changing conditions and new information, so that operations can be adjusted to improve conditions. Scientists recommend strategies to lessen dams’ environmental impacts September 8, Dams around the world provide critical water supplies and hydropower to growing communities and hundreds of new dams are proposed for developing economies.

I have read several articles that, given the debt and the evaporation rate of Lake Powell, it would be best from a water conservation viewpoint to drain the lake and turn it back into a river.

Each one would implement different monthly and daily water release patterns and experimentally test special releases, such as short-duration high flows to simulate floods and build beaches, low summer flows to allow the water to warm to benefit native fish or short-term fluctuations to manage the trout population. Instead of blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate, the vital signs for a forest are captured in key traits such as the amount of nitrogen in a tree’s leaves, the leaf area, or the density of the wood.

The plan, known as the Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan and documented in a final environmental impact statement, recommends a strategy that would balance hydropower with the protection of environmental, cultural and recreational resources in the area.

Managing fish in human-altered rivers is a challenge because their food webs are sensitive to environmental disturbance. Dammed if you do: Department of the Interior is expected to produce a Record of Decision that identifies how the department plans to operate Glen Canyon Dam for the next 20 years. The team also analyzed the overall capacity of the hydropower plant over a year period.

Researchers from Argonne’s Environmental Science division participated in one of the largest collaborative atmospheric measurement campaigns in Antarctica in recent decades.

In doing so, they measured the effects of variable water flow e. Read more Click here to reset your password. The Grand Canyon will be experiencing a spring of yesteryear, as water flow rates from the Glen Kagory Dam will be significantly increased, then throttled back in a high-flow experiment that runs March 4 through 9.


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A Duke University study shows that trace elements in a fish’s ear bones can be used to identify and track coal ash contamination in the waters where it lived. The plan would be supported by the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program, a successful management strategy for long-term research and monitoring of dam operations and downstream resources that has been in place argoonne the last 20 years.

Scientists recommend argonnne to lessen dams’ environmental impacts. The dam prevents most sediment from entering the river downstream, releases cool water and changes river argone patterns: Geological Survey’s Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Oagory, in coordination with the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Park Service, other agencies and the Tribes, will then implement a science program to monitor the impact of dam operations on fish populations, river sediment, vegetation, cultural resources and other environmental resources.

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Tree rings tell the story of what’s happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and wildfires, new research shows. Dams around the world provide critical water supplies and hydropower to growing communities and hundreds of new dams are proposed for developing economies.

Please sign in to add a comment. Reliable tropical weather pattern to change in a warming climate December 28, Every month or two, a massive pulse of clouds, rainfall and wind moves eastward around the Earth near the equator, providing the tropics their famous thunderstorms.

In the face of mounting climate-change effects, the rush to this profuse energy source is expected to continue. Though viewed as sources of potential green energy, their construction The report is the first step in a year experimental, management and environmental monitoring effort conducted by the U. Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank.