Complete 10 pages APA formatted article: The Impact of Hydroelectric Power Generation and Damming in the Waikato River System. Power generation has come to be a major provider of jobs and a long-term boost to the local economy of the Waikato region as well as to the New Zealand economy in general, Latest figures peg total contribution to the energy capacity of the country coming from Waikato at 40 percent, and total potential ability to supply current needs at 50 percent of total country electricity needs, making the Waikato hydroelectric power plants an indispensable cog in New Zealand’s economic machinery. The flipside of this is the impact of damming and the hydro plants on the non-economic aspects of the thing. What are its ecological and human impacts? How do they stack up long term against the economic benefits that accrue from damming and hydroelectric power generation in the river system? (Waikato CDEM Group Plan, 2011, pp. 1-8)
Ron Taylor, who has worked in the hydropower generation for the past three decades, was the expert chosen to be a primary research resource for this interview. The interview basically revolved around how hydro generation has impacted the Waikato River, and what the condition of the river was prior to damming.
The first question of the interview was about the characteristics of the Waikato River with regard to its catchment and hydrology. Taylor notes that the flow of water in the Waikato River has a direct bearing on the amount of power generated via hydro generation. As far as water flow is concerned, the topic of import is catchment, which Taylor notes, for the Waikato River, spans a very wide area. The flow starts from the so-called Trongiriro region. It is from the slopes of this mountain region that the water flow to the Waikato River first commences. This initial flow goes by the name of the Waikato stream. From there Taylor traces the flow of water all the way to the North Island. That whole flow makes up a catchment area, which teams up with other catchment areas such as those in the Waipa area, and those in sum make up the large catchment area contributing to the considerable water flow at the Waikato. . .