Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Kentucky's Green River: Changing the way rivers flow

A dam built on the Green River in 1969 changed the river's natural flows and disrupted the life cycles of its species and affected the river's water quality. In 1998, the Conservancy began partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change dam operations in order to sufficiently mimic natural patterns of flow to sustain the river's natural richness while meeting the needs of people. Studies are beginning to show enhanced mussel reproduction below the dam. Moreover, local residents are happy as flood protection has not been compromised and recreational access on the reservoir has been extended by more than a month each year.

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