University of Washington

Hydropower dams cool rivers in the Mekong River basin, satellites show

Hydropower dams, which use flowing water to turn a series of turbines to generate electricity, provide a source of energy that doesn’t rely on fossil fuels. But they also disrupt the flow of rivers, and impact the fish and people that live there. Scientists have been ...

Sarah McQuate

UW project seeks sustainable blueprint for hydropower dams

In the Pacific Northwest, the conversation about hydroelectric dams is complicated: Dams hamper the natural migration of salmon, yet they are an important source of cheap, renewable energy for the region.[]In Southeast Asia, the Mekong River and its tributaries support what is likely the largest ...

Michelle Ma

New research shows hydropower dams can be managed without an all-or-nothing choice between energy and food

Nearly 100 hydropower dams are planned for construction along the tributaries and main stem of the Mekong River’s 2,700-mile stretch.[]The University of Washington, Arizona State University and other collaborators have proposed a solution in the Dec. 8 issue of Science that allows dam operators to ...

UW News staff

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