Low Power, Big Problems: How Low-Power Hydropower Dams Hurt Rivers

HRC or member-contributed


Hydropower Reform Coalition


  View PDF



CollectionsPublished   2/3/2009

Whether it is in response to the environmental crisis of climate change or our over-reliance on imported fuels, it is clear that America needs to act quickly to replace fossil fuel energy technologies with renewable energy. It is equally imperative, however, that we do not destroy the environment we are trying to save by blindly rushing to develop low-emissions energy sources that will result in serious environmental harm. We will not solve our energy problems by building new dams – especially inefficient low-power dams where the energy benefits fail to outweigh the environmental impacts – but we will cause irreparable harm to our rivers.

Read more about small hydropower.

More from our resource librarySee all

Decommissioning and removal › Videos   5/14/2020

Potter Valley Project – Chance of Lifetime