A discussion of low-head hydropower, associated environmental impacts, and mitigation measures to avoid or reduce impacts from low-head hydropower development.
Follow the links below to learn about low-headhydropower and environmental impacts of low-head hydropower development, including impacts from the construction, operation, and decommissioning of low-head hydropower facilities. You'll also find information about mitigation measures than can be used to reduce environmental impacts.
Resources and Technology
Low-head hydropower resources, geographic distribution, development scales, and low-head hydropower facilities
Low-head hydropower projects that generate electricity require electric transmission systems to transport the electricity they generate to consumers. Environmental impacts from construction and operation of electric transmission systems are discussed separately in the Energy Transmission section, and must be considered in addition to the impacts presented here.