How Can Hydroelectric Dams Help The Local Economy

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By Ann Ryan

Hydroelectric dams are not only a source of emission-free energy; they can also be a boon to the local economy. The reservoir, created for the generation of electricity, can also bring jobs, provide recreation and increase manufacturing and agricultural production in the region.

Boating

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Reservoirs created by hydroelectric dams provide an opportunity for boating and related activities, such as swimming and water skiing for locals and visitors.

Fishing

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F State agencies stock reservoirs behind many hydroelectric dams with fish, providing recreational opportunities for anglers and their families who visit the area to enjoy a day or more of fishing.

Manufacturing

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F A hydroelectric dam can benefit the local economy by helping to create jobs for a large segment of the community. Water behind hydroelectric dams can go into manufacturing processes. Multipurpose reservoirs supply water for plants producing paper, wood and other materials. Stored water helps the plant meet sanitation, washing and production needs.

Agriculture

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Water stored in reservoirs created by hydroelectric dams can help to meet irrigation needs for farmers. The dam can boost the local economy by supplying the water necessary for a community to thrive agriculturally.

Tourism

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Many hydroelectric companies donate lands and forests around a reservoir to state agencies for recreational purposes. As a result, the surrounding area provides opportunities for people to hike and enjoy the scenery. Campgrounds, hotels and restaurants develop, which increases tourism and provides jobs in the hospitality and construction industries.

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