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Engineer: Laying "Concrete Beds" in Miss. River

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December 12, 2012
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The Associated Press spent the day on the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans with the US Army Corps of Engineers and was granted exclusive access to the only "mat sinking unit" in the world.


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Deutsche Welle (June 3, 2013) — The Mekong River is the lifeblood of some 60 million people. It provides the conditions necessary for rice cultivation and a rich supply of freshwater fish. But Laos has identified its potential as a provider of energy. The country wants to become the "powerhouse" of Southeast Asia and is planning to build six hydropower plants on the river. But environmentalists and neighboring countries object to the plans, fearing the ecological consequences of the project, as well as the effect on the people living by the river. The Mekong River is home to some 700 species of fish, whose downriver passage will be disrupted by the construction of the dams. Critics say both the fishing and the tourist industries will suffer as a result of the project.
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Trouble Downstream: Ethiopia, Egypt and the Blue Nile

Trouble Downstream: Ethiopia, Egypt and the Blue Nile

Deutsche Welle (June 24, 2013) — Egypt is casting worried looks towards the south. Ethiopia is currently building the biggest dam in Africa on the Blue Nile River, close to the border with Sudan. The plan is to use the river's vast masses of water to create energy.That could cause water shortages further up the river in Egypt, but Ethiopia says it needs to use its resources to help economic growth and attract foreign investors.
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Huge Dam in Ethiopia Could Destroy Kenyan Lake

Huge Dam in Ethiopia Could Destroy Kenyan Lake

AFP (June 8, 2012) — A massive dam on the Omo river in Ethiopia will provide clean, green electricity for countries across East Africa, but at what cost? There are fears disrupting the flow of the river will have a huge impact on Lake Turkana in neighboring Kenya, where thousands of people live off the lake.
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China's New Hydropower Project

China's New Hydropower Project

Xinhua News Agency (Sep. 7, 2012) — China's 4th largest hydropower station has gone into operation. The station is on the Lancang River in southwestern Yunnan Province, also known as the Mekong River in southeast Asia. By churning out clean energy, the station is set to save 9.6 million tons of standard coal each year.
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