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Hydroelectric Power Makes Big Comeback At US Dams

By David Pitt

James Johnson, of Marshalltown, Iowa, fishes below the dam at Lake Red Rock, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, near Pella, Iowa. A power company wants to build a hydroelectric plant at the dam _ a project that reflects renewed interest in hydropower nationwide that could bring changes to scores of American dams. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – On a typical summer weekend, hundreds of boats glide across the shimmering surface of Iowa’s Lake Red Rock, the state’s largest body of water.

The placid 15,000-acre lake was created in the 1960s after the government built a dam to prevent frequent flooding on the Des Moines River. Now the cool waters behind the dam are attracting interest beyond warm-weather recreation. A power company wants to build a hydroelectric plant here – a project that reflects renewed interest in hydropower nationwide, which could bring changes to scores of American dams.

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