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Clutha River Whirlpools and Pressure Waves

Clutha River Rounding Another Sharp Bend

Menacing whirlpools, pressure waves and velocity of the Clutha River fascinates, as it rounds another sharp bend south of town. A sobering sight for folk travelling along its banks, being reinforced with some rock work and tree roots. A mean flow of 500 cubic meters per second, rising to 5100 /s  during a major flood, makes the Clutha River, in relation to its size, one of the fastest flowing rivers in the southern hemisphere.

History would reveal several steam powered river boats busily ferrying and carrying along the sixty or so navigable  kilometers up and down our river linking together and sustaining the lives and needs of local communities...

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Dismantling Dams on Our Waterways

Dismantling Dams


Dismantling Dams on Our Waterways.

Dismantling Dams

  Water provides life to otherwise baron              land

Dismantling dams on some of the worlds water ways is an extraordinary event. Whether for environmental or economic reasons there will be downsides for some folk. Built over a century ago in some cases, people over a number of generations, have become accustomed to their benefits and economic values. Many people have built their lives, families and incomes from these structures both directly and indirectly.

During a not so recent family visit to the Pacific North West, and unbeknownst to me, brother in law Ted had arranged the hire of a river boat on one of these magnificent dams...

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