The Heartbeat of a River

In the illustration above, the stretch of river after the dam is essentially flat-lined. Natural flows have been artificially stabilized and with that, lifecycles and natural processes have broken down. Dots representing trees, fish, flowers, birds, crops and more are gone.

But what if the dots could be brought back? What if a dam could be located, designed and operated in ways that preserve or mimic natural flow patterns enough to keep a river healthy?

It’s possible. And The Nature Conservancy is leading the way. Our teams of experts in freshwater ecology and engineering are pioneering new solutions to complex problems,
like how to get hydroelectricity from a river without destroying fish supplies that people need for food and income.


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