Costs Versus Benefits of River Regulation
River regulation is any man made structure that interrupts a waterway for the purpose of regulating the flow to allow a more constant supply. This regulation of waterways has many costs and benefits associated with it and affects both the submerged areas and the downstream reaches of the stream. This essay will compare the costs versus benefits of such river regulation.
When a river has a dam, weir, or diversion built on it the water is held back or redirected. This, in turn, has a major affect on the submerged areas and downstream reaches of the river.…
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