The US dam operators and environmental associations have started agreeing on some crucial matters to minimize dam development’s effect on the environment. The two sides have been on each other’s neck over climatic challenges and have realized it is time they agree on the plausible solution to environmental problems.
The dams that generate hydroelectric power by running turbines have time and again proven to kill the aquatic life and deny the dams’ lower sides to degrade. Most of the fish which survive the turbines end up dying of reduced water on the other side of the river.
Environmental agencies and associations have often declared these reasons as appropriate to shut down these projects and embark on environmental recuperation. The activists argue that the developers should look for wind turbines or other renewables like solar that interfere less with the ecosystem. Nevertheless, the two sides have come to terms and signed a memorandum of understanding to meet their grievances.
The joint meeting, which brought together stakeholders from both sides, informed the utilization of the available dams to generate electricity and the analysis of other dams to prove if their effects on the environment can be neutralized. Over 80000 of the existing dams will undergo reviews to evaluate their safety and performance.
Additionally, the two parties agreed to wipe out the old dams that are fading out to allow the environment to recover from the previous denial. Over 1000 dams will undergo this process, especially those with weak walls and barricades posing a threat to both the marine life and the surroundings.
Bob Irvin of American Rivers stated that environmental activists are reconsidering their stand on hydroelectric power after realizing that global warming will have vast environmental effects than damming. They realize that cutting out fossil fuels and replacing them with hydropower will help neutralize global warming.
Nonetheless, Irvin added that his team would strongly detest the construction of more dams, saying it creates pressure on the little water that surpasses the barricade. Irvin is still bent on removing some dam barricades to allow the fish to migrate and reproduce freely.
Energy analysts hope to develop more hydropower production systems to supplement wind and solar energy, which are usually available in small quantities considering the seasons of the year. Theoretically, America can obtain more renewable electricity from rivers to supplement scarce renewables.
Nevertheless, some companies are developing turbines that can allow fish and marine life to sip through to the other side and oxygen preservation in water meandering down the dams. Finally, the meeting between the two sides informed the evolution of policies that determine the period after which a dam is terminable. Additionally, repairs and maintenance will be vital for the dams to remain active producers of electricity. Nevertheless, an open but tiring process is shading out the old insecure dams and replacing them with new and improved dams.