Impact of the cascade hydropower construction (HPC) on water quality of the Seyhan River, Turkey


Cascade hydropower construction is a series of hydroelectric power stations located on different sections of river. Hydropower constructions (HPC) in the environment have both positive and negative effect. HPCs are works that have brought enormous benefits to providing electric energy, water storage, controlling floods, irrigation, transportation, human communities, and areas of recreation, etc. These engineering works can be providing large economic development in the regions where they are located. But, dam construction converts the natural stream flow to human control. This paper summarizes the impacts of cascade HPC on water quality in the Seyhan River. Water quality data were collected and data were divided into two stage: before HPC (1995-2008) and during HPC construction (2009-2014). Based on the water quality data, HPCs and is experiencing severe environmental deterioration water quality negatively affected.


Cascade hydropower; Environmental degradation; Seyhan River; Water pollution; Water quality

DOI: 10.17350/HJSE19030000084

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Author Biography

Mehmet Ozcelik, Süleyman Demirel University

Engineering Faculty, Geological Engineering Depth. Isparta