Why are dams important?

Shasta Dam

Dams are important because they help people have water to drink and provide water for industry, water for irrigation, water for fishing and recreation, water for hydroelectric power production, water for navigation in rivers, and other needs. Dams also serve people by reducing or preventing floods.

Gallipolis Dam Gallipolis Dam
Dams allow rivers to be used for navigation.

Noxon Dam Noxon Dam
Dams provide water for hydroelectric power production.

Examples of hydroelectric projects:

Hoover Dam
Bonneville Dam
Glen Canyon Dam
Niagara Power Project

Perry Lake Perry Lake
Dams create lakes for fishing and recreation.

Farm in Colorado irrigation
Dams are important because they provide water for irrigation.

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