Paid PostPosted on Aug 17, 20217 Truths And 7 Myths About Hydroelectric PowerThink you know hydropower myths versus facts? Northwest RiverPartners is here to set the record straight.by Northwest RiverPartnersBrand PublisherFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Myth: Hydroelectric dams don't produce a lot of energy. Northwest RiverPartners Truth: Hydropower is pretty much the MVP of green energy. Over 50% of Northwest electricity needs are powered through a harmonious combo of 46% hydropower, 9% wind, and 1% solar. 2. Myth: There's not much an average person can do to work toward a carbon-free future. Getty Truth: Even a drop in the proverbial dam makes a difference! You can join conservation groups in your area to learn more about climate change and urge your local representatives to support hydropower as a clean energy solution. 3. Myth: Hydropower seems outdated. Getty Truth: Hydropower was the OG energy resource, but it's come a long way even in recent years. Nowadays fish-friendly, copper-lined turbines spin inside large stationary magnets to generate massive amounts of clean, renewable power at will. Hydropower is always striving to reach the next step in a carbon-free future. 4. Myth: No forms of renewable energy can be efficiently stored for later use. Northwest RiverPartners Truth: Hydroelectric dams set themselves apart when it comes to capabilities. With the ability to control the flow of water, dams can generate electricity by storing and releasing water. It's pretty much like using a natural battery!” 5. Myth: Hydroelectric power is more expensive than wind and solar power. Northwest RiverPartners Truth: Most of the Northwest's hydroelectric dams have been fully paid for, which makes hydropower the region’s least expensive energy. Like wind and solar, hydropower relies on nature for the fuel. Northwesterners can proudly say they have the most affordable clean energy in the nation thanks to hydropower. 6. Myth: Hydroelectric dams disrupt natural ecosystems and block rivers. Northwest RiverPartners Truth: Dams do change river ecosystems, but many Northwest dams have high-tech fish passage systems that help salmon migrate to and from the ocean as safely as a free-flowing river. 7. Myth: Dams endanger Northwest salmon populations. Northwest RiverPartners Truth: Unfortunately, by the late 19th century, Pacific Northwest salmon populations were already nearing extinction due to overfishing by European settlers. While salmon populations have seen ups and downs since then, studies have shown that Pacific Coast salmon have seen additional declines since the 1970s, whether or not dams are present. This is likely due to warming, acidifying oceans. Did all of that info soak in? Learn more about Northwest RiverPartners and how you can take the next step to a carbon-free future! All facts from Northwest RiverPartners.