Publications on River Restoration in Europe

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Alpine Hydroelectric Power Plants and their "Long-range Effects" on Downstream Waters

 Alpine hydroelectric power plants not only affect the local waters, but also streams and lakes that lie far downstream. The transport of suspended solids, for example, is significantly reduced below reservoirs, which affects the oxygen content of lower lying lakes. Apart from suspended solids, reservoirs also retain nutrients. Download the full article


The collapse of landlocked salmon populations in the Canadian Columbia River, for example, appears to be caused by the construction of several dams, which reduced the nutrient concentrations in downstream lakes. Hydroelectric power generation also changes the temperature regime of downstream waters.

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