March Presentation-A Big Dam Problem

DATE:     Wednesday, March 27th
PLACE:  Hawthorne Lucky Lab Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd
TIME:      11:30 a.m. Networking, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
TOPIC:   A Big Dam Problem: The Global Boom in Hydroelectric Development
SPEAKER: Tim Mayer, US Fish and Wildlife Service

The era of big dam building ended in this country decades ago but elsewhere in the world, dams are being constructed at a staggering pace, mainly to produce hydropower. The impacts extend beyond conservation concerns to broader issues of environmental justice, global food security, climate change, and human rights. However, it is possible to develop hydropower in a sustainable manner. In this talk, I will address the drivers, impacts, and mitigation of global hydropower development. I will be drawing from my DOI-ITAP experience evaluating the impact of proposed dams on the Mekong as well as my research on hydropower worldwide.

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The Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong River in Lao PDR
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Vancouver Watershed Health Assessment

Although the presentation was postponed a week due to snowy/icy weather, we had a great turnout on March 6. Jenn Schmidt and Jess Brown presented on the Vancouver Watershed Health Assessment, focusing on their Burnt Bridge Creek monitoring data and use of GIS based statistical analysis to determine trends. A link to their Vancouver Watershed Health Assessment presentation is below.