Hydropower at Navigation Projects

by Carolyn M. Holmes, US Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, MS, USA,
Ronald T. Wooley, US Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, MS, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87

Abstract: Hydropower at navigation projects has been found to be compatible with the intended use of the project; however, it is important for the hydropower developer and the project owner to be fully aware of the potential effect that hydropower development can have on navigation conditions. This paper describes some of the potential effects when hydropower is added to various designs of navigation projects. The need for and the benefits to be derived from a physical hydraulic model of the proposed hydropower site in identifying potential adverse navigation conditions or designing project modifications necessary to reestablish satisfactory navigation conditions with hydropower added to the project are discussed. This paper describes the type and accuracy of data required from the model to assess potential navigation problems and design project modifications necessary to reestablish satisfactory navigation conditions as a result of adding hydropower to navigation projects.

Subject Headings: Navigation (waterway) | Hydro power | Hydraulic models | Hydrologic models | Hydraulic design | Model accuracy | Data processing | Owners

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