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.Continue Reading