Downstream Danger from Sudden Discharges of Water

by Stephen E. Draper, Draper Engineering Research, Atlanta, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


The sudden, unexpected release of water by hydropower facilities poses a threat to fishermen and boaters immediately downstream. The characteristics of the danger can be identified, however, and remedial safety measures developed that can increase safety for the people using dam related recreational facilities downstream. 'Active' warning is the key to effective safety.

Subject Headings: Water discharge | Dam safety | Rivers and streams | Recreational facilities | Hydro power | Flow measurement | Water-based recreation | Water discharge measurement

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