Engineers use hydropower from Red Rock Dam to generate clean and reliable electricity

The addition of hydroelectric power to the existing Red Rock Dam on Iowa’s Des Moines River presented engineers with the opportunity to use an untapped resource to generate clean and reliable power. Although the original design of the dam had not anticipated hydropower, the changes recently enacted will provide electricity to the surrounding communities for the next 100 years.

The Red Rock Hydroelectric Project is an example of a public power utility that listened to its stakeholder communities. Designed primarily for flood-control purposes, the Red Rock Dam was constructed in the 1960s on the Des Moines River and Lake

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