The Severe Consequences of Removing Dams
Dams are a piece of innovative technology that has been one of the sole reasons for our ability to generate energy to power our cities. It is a towering example of sustainable energy. Dams are a way to harness a river or waterfall’s wildness and unpredictability to create energy and electricity to power our homes and cars. A dam uses nifty contractions to channel the force of waterways and use them to turn turbines, and in return generate electricity. These massive contraptions not only create power for daily use, but they also control the way that rivers flow and reduce the chances of flooding by a drastic amount.
As useful as dams used to be, they are causing much more damage to the environment than they initially used to. While the dams provide a country with ample electricity, it also starves the environment around the structure. The dam is built to store water and is capable of flood control and irrigation which is very beneficial to any villages or communities that depend on the dam for water. A dam has many impacts on the environment, one of the significant effects that plague the environment around a dam is how the environment dies.
When a dam is constructed in a healthy and green environment, the majority of the time the trees and creatures of the area will reduce, and the district will die off. This is due to the dam holding back and stopping minerals and sediments that is transported by the river to surrounding areas. This triggers significant issues when it comes to the general health of the land, as it results in many habitats lost and animals endangered. Unless the dam is structures and engineered professionally, the dam will cause river water quality to drop and decrease dissolved oxygen in the water, which further pushes the wildlife to leave the area.
Not only does this affect the wildlife the thrive in the surrounding areas of this structure, but it also limits the amount of water that is being provided for the trees and plants. Although the best and most useful option to stop the negative impact of dams on the environment is to destroy them, it also causes even more damage than before.
In America, there is an estimated amount of 8000 dams being removed. This may be beneficial in creating more space. However, it pollutes the environment more. The dust and sediment particles that escape during the removal process of the dam is hazardous and considered toxic to creatures in the surrounding areas, which results in many animals being endangered.
A positive result in the removing of dams also includes the quick and easy replenishment of any affected deltas, ponds, lakes and any other water sources in the area. As they quickly refilled to their full capacity in a span of a few months. Although the water levels increased drastically, migrating fish took months and sometimes years to ultimately return to their habitat. But over time, fish and wildlife are expected to recover quickly.