Options assessments, easing pressures, and standards
Once an urgent need for more electricity, irrigation water, or other service has been demonstrated, an options assessment can show whether a large dam is the best alternative. If it is, the assessment will outline how to move forward in a way that is economically, socially, and environmentally acceptable.
Is the dam necessary?
Easing pressuresPeople look to dams for a variety of reasons: public water supply, energy, irrigation, and flood control. But there are many ways to ease the pressures for a dam by examining our current behaviors.
Changing agricultural practices can have a significant impact on water consumption. Generating energy through alternative sources or by upgrading existing hydropower facilities may provide more overall benefit. Nature can turn out to be better at flood management than any dam could be.