The Fall Creek Hydroelectric Facility

1671 Words7 Pages
1. The Fall Creek hydroelectric facility and the Cornell water treatment facility serve as two examples of human activity’s impact on core processes. The core processes altered by both facilities include the ecological, physical, and chemical processes. The Fall Creek hydroelectric facility has, by its very existence, altered the landscape of the area surrounding its main dam, most notably, its creation of Beebe Lake. The formation of the facility’s dam has also impacted the physical and chemical components of the water that surges through it, by rendering water that passes through the dam (downstream water) colder and less oxygen rich than the water of Beebe Lake (upstream water). This poor water quality downstream negatively impacts the ecological process, as the water vital for certain organisms to thrive, relatively warm, oxygen rich water, is lacking. The Cornell water treatment facility has also affected a few core processes. The most notable impact the facility has on core processes is caused by its water filtration apparatus, which often accumulates sediments from Fall Creek; an unfortunate occurrence that has negative bearing on the organisms that inhabit the creek. Similar to the hydroelectric facility, this seemingly slight disturbance can have significant affects on the quality of water downstream, particularly the oxygen content of the water (a chemical process). This, consequently, can be detrimental to the ecological process, as downstream organisms do not

More about The Fall Creek Hydroelectric Facility

Open Document