An interactive website that explains the effects of dams was made public yesterday by the Hydropower Reform Coalition. www.dameffects.org explains how the surrounding vegetation, fish, recreation areas and river flow can be impacted by dams. Also explained is how hydropower dams can be operated to minimize the impacts and enhance river quality.
Several aspects of flow have been shown to be important determinants of biological community structure and function in streams, yet direct application of this approach to large rivers has been limited. Our results synthesize, simplify, and interpret the complex changes in flow occuring along the Missouri and lower Yellostone Rivers, and provide an objective grouping for future tests of how these changes may affect biological communities.