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Environmental Impact of Small Hydro Power Plant—A Case Study

Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Košice, 042 00 Košice, Slovakia
Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, University of Bucharest, 010041 Bucharest, Romania
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Environments 2018, 5(1), 12;
Received: 30 November 2017 / Revised: 7 January 2018 / Accepted: 8 January 2018 / Published: 10 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Environmental Engineering)
Currently an international topic—not only among the members of the European Union—is the use of renewable energy, such as hydro power. The subject of this paper is the environmental impact assessment of the small hydropower (SHP) plant. The paper identifies the environmental impacts of an SHP plant in Spišské Bystré, Slovakia. It also assesses the alternatives to a specific hydraulic structure by quantitative evaluation from the point of view of character of the impacts, their significance, and their duration. The conclusion of the work includes the selection of the optimal alternative of the assessed construction and proposes measurements to reduce the negative impacts. The benefit of this paper is in highlighting the importance of assessing the impact of construction on the environment in the planning phase. Eliminating the negative impacts of the construction on the environment is much more challenging than the implementation of preventive measures, and it is therefore necessary to assess at the planning phase how the construction and operation of the proposed activities impact the environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental impact assessment; hydro power plant; matrix of impacts environmental impact assessment; hydro power plant; matrix of impacts
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Zeleňáková, M.; Fijko, R.; Diaconu, D.C.; Remeňáková, I. Environmental Impact of Small Hydro Power Plant—A Case Study. Environments 2018, 5, 12.

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