Hydropower Dams Have Had ‘Profound’ Impact on Mekong River, Monitor Claims

Hydropower projects, including a spree of mega-dams in China, have had a significant impact on the midstream reaches of the Mekong River, exacerbating drought conditions and altering the river’s flow in fundamental ways, according to a group of U.S.-based researchers.

The finding was contained in a report assessing the first year of data gathered by the Mekong Dam Monitor (MDM), which is operated by the Washington, D.C.-based Stimson Center and the American research firm Eyes on Earth.

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Sebastian Strangio