Minimizing disruptions caused by damming and ensuring the health of downstream ecosystems

Herlander Mata-Lima, A. Alvino-Borba, Ivan Y.Salazar Vasquez, Jakelline Jard da Silva, Bruno Hernandez Incau, José A. Almeida

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In view of the Brazilian Ten-Year Energy Expansion Plan 2021, this article presents a discussion on environmental flow (e-flow). The authors analyze the literature to show the evolution of publications concerning e-flow releases from the perspective of ecosystems services preservation considering results from different case studies from throughout the world. Finally, two main recommendations are drawn regarding e-flow are: (1) performing a holistic approach to e-flow planning, including hydrological, hydraulic, water quality, habitat, and riparian zone considerations; and (2) installing in new structures adequate bottom outlets to allow a range of adjustable e-flow from reservoir dams to reproduce natural flow variations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-48
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Quality Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017


  • competition for water
  • dam
  • ecosystems conservation
  • environmental flow


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