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Environmental study of the Wairakei Power Plant. [Effects of hydroelectric power plant on ecology of Waikato River Basin, New Zealand]

Technical Report:

Abstract

Physical, chemical, biological, ecological, and aesthetic aspects of the Wairakei Power Plant are examined, in varying detail, but with primary emphasis on the chemical and thermal effluents. When flows are average or higher in the Waikato River, the Plant's environmental effects are not overly severe. However, operating requirements for the Waikato Hydro-electric System are such that the Plant sporadically produces wastes that may affect the human and natural environment adversely. These adverse effects are not presently too serious, but suggestions are made for improving the Plant's overall environmental performance. Although the point is not discussed in detail, it is clear from the results of the study that any additional thermal plants on the Waikato could strain the river's absorptive capacities severely, unless alternative disposal techniques are used for the various effluents.
Authors:
Publication Date:
Dec 01, 1974
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
NP-21407
Reference Number:
EDB-77-051778
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 13 HYDRO ENERGY; CHEMICAL EFFLUENTS; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANTS; THERMAL EFFLUENTS; AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS; BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS; ECOLOGY; NEW ZEALAND; TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS; AUSTRALASIA; ECOSYSTEMS; POWER PLANTS; 520200* - Environment, Aquatic- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport- (-1989); 520400 - Environment, Aquatic- Thermal Effluents Monitoring & Transport- (-1989); 130600 - Hydro Energy- Environmental Aspects
OSTI ID:
8189212
Research Organizations:
Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Lower Hutt (New Zealand). Physics and Engineering Lab.
Country of Origin:
New Zealand
Language:
English
Availability:
Dep. NTIS (US Sales Only) $4.00.
Submitting Site:
TIC
Size:
Pages: 38
Announcement Date:
Mar 14, 2013

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Citation Formats

Axtmann, R C. Environmental study of the Wairakei Power Plant. [Effects of hydroelectric power plant on ecology of Waikato River Basin, New Zealand]. New Zealand: N. p., 1974. Web.
Axtmann, R C. Environmental study of the Wairakei Power Plant. [Effects of hydroelectric power plant on ecology of Waikato River Basin, New Zealand]. New Zealand.
Axtmann, R C. 1974. "Environmental study of the Wairakei Power Plant. [Effects of hydroelectric power plant on ecology of Waikato River Basin, New Zealand]." New Zealand.
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title = {Environmental study of the Wairakei Power Plant. [Effects of hydroelectric power plant on ecology of Waikato River Basin, New Zealand]}
author = {Axtmann, R C}
abstractNote = {Physical, chemical, biological, ecological, and aesthetic aspects of the Wairakei Power Plant are examined, in varying detail, but with primary emphasis on the chemical and thermal effluents. When flows are average or higher in the Waikato River, the Plant's environmental effects are not overly severe. However, operating requirements for the Waikato Hydro-electric System are such that the Plant sporadically produces wastes that may affect the human and natural environment adversely. These adverse effects are not presently too serious, but suggestions are made for improving the Plant's overall environmental performance. Although the point is not discussed in detail, it is clear from the results of the study that any additional thermal plants on the Waikato could strain the river's absorptive capacities severely, unless alternative disposal techniques are used for the various effluents.}
place = {New Zealand}
year = {1974}
month = {Dec}
}