How Dams Impact Climate Change
Addressing climate change requires a comprehensive and global effort that involves multiple solutions, including the use of dams for hydroelectric power generation. The issue of fish passage at dams is often overlooked in the context of climate change and how it affects fish populations by altering water temperatures and flow patterns, which can impact migration and breeding habits. The construction and maintenance of fish ladders can require heavy machinery, which emits greenhouse gases. Additionally, they can disrupt the natural flow of rivers, affecting the overall health of the aquatic ecosystem, which could have a negative impact on climate change. Dams can also significantly impact fish populations by blocking migration routes and altering habitats. This can lead to reduced genetic diversity, decreased population size, and increased risk of extinction for certain species.
Several species of native fish have evolved to navigate quickly over dams to reach their spawning grounds, and their agility and quickness are vital to their survival and reproductive success. However, some fish species need help to navigate dams in this manner. Many species of salmon, steelhead, and other migratory fish rely on rivers that flow freely to access their spawning grounds. Dams can trap these species below the dam, preventing them from reaching their spawning grounds and resulting in population declines and an increased risk of extinction. These changes also impact the survival and growth of salmon and can also affect the quality and quantity of their habitat.
A Dam Easy Solution To Fish Migration
Whooshh Innovations aims to change public perceptions of dams and fish passage through our groundbreaking technology and has the potential to change public perceptions by increasing awareness and understanding of the issues involved. The Passage Portal and the famous Salmon Cannon are designed to ensure native fish migrate safely, more quickly, and without spilling water. Comparatively to the cost of designing, building, and operating a customized civil engineering solution, our systems are modular, flexible, and relatively inexpensive.
We have developed systems that enable native fish to pass over dams in seconds to regain access to their spawning grounds. As a result, fish expend far less energy and experience less stress while reaching cleaner, safer, and more spawning habitats with fewer pre-spawning deaths. Our approach does not require the use of concrete infrastructure or additional, unnecessary water consumption, nor does it permanently impact the environment. We've been able to reduce injuries, mortalities, and stress by gently handling fish without producing waste water, thereby improving survivability, fecundity, and, ultimately, the value of the fish.
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