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Dams save environment while making power

Series: Letters to the Editor | Story 42

Let’s have a look at the benefits of dams to human life with a special focus on Grand Coulee Dam.

It is the largest hydroelectric producing facility in the U.S. and provides enough electricity to power about 2 million households every year, 68% of all Washington state households. Please keep in mind too, that it is just one of 145 hydroelectric dams in the state.

Grand Coulee dam prompted the creation of the “U.S. Bureau of Reclamations Columbia Basin Project” which converted 670,000 acres (over 1,000 square-miles) of formerly arid wasteland into some of the most productive agricultural land i...

 

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