US and Cambodia: CalEcoHydro Team
Cal EcoDams is consulting for Natel Energy, Inc. (Natel) with the objective ofcreating a system of metrics to assess the impact and benefits of theirEcoSmartHydro technology in addition to creating a schematic dam design sketchfor a Klamath River case study site. Contrary to large hydropower projects’economic, social and environmental impacts, Natel’s goal is “to enable efficient, cost-effective use of water to produce new, renewable energy while maintainingconditions that sustain or improve water resources for ecosystems, for humanconsumption, and for agriculture.”1 Our team of five graduate students contributestheir experience in environmental, structural, civil and energy engineering as wellas international development to the project. Currently, we have conducted aliterature review and are drafting a metrics framework, soon to be reviewed byNatel. We are scheduling stakeholder interviews and are planning a trip to theKlamath River case study site.