Effects of River Type Hhydropower Plants on Water Quality in Solaklı Watershed.(Oral Presentation)

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International Forestry Symposium- IFS 2016, Kastamonu, Turkey, 3 - 06 October 2016, vol.00, no.0

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 00
  • City: Kastamonu
  • Country: Turkey
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The Black Sea Region (EBSR) of Turkey has steep mountains and hilly topography. On account of this,EBSR has high potential in terms of energy production with river type hydropower plants (HEPP). In this study, the effects of two river type hydropower plants (Arca and Camlıkaya HEPPs) on some water quality parameters were examined in Solaklı watershed. This research was conducted for 12 months
(Junuary - December 2014). Totally 12 sampling points were selected and some water quality parameters such as temperature (T,°C), pH, dissolved oxygen (DO, ppm) and total suspended solids (TSS, ppm) parameters were measured at the each point.
Our results suggest that HEPPs negatively effect on water quality and quantity in the main stream in both operational and constructional phase. Statistically, significant changes were occured in water quality parameters such as TSS, pH and temperature. It was concluded that these negative changes were caused by the sand mine in constraction phase of HEPPs. Furthermore, aquatic ecosystems and riperian zone may negatively affected by reduction of the amount of water released into the river during the operational phase of HEPPs.

Keywords: Water Quality, River Type Hydropower Plants, Watershed management