Do you think we have much potential left for hydro power in America?



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    No for a couple of reasons.  Areas in the west, such as Lake Mead above Hoover Dam, have experienced severe droughts of increasing frequency.  This has caused the lake to shrink to, “a depth not seen since 1937” when it was being filled!  According to a water conservation expert at CU Boulder, “Lake Mead will probably never be filled again”.  These droughts are increasing in frequency and intensity due to climate change.  The East coast has essentially tapped out it’s hydroelectric potential.  Water from the Niagara River in N.Y.S. is so heavily diverted for hydropower that people were worried that there would not be any water going over the falls in the near future (Buffalo News).

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