Get an inside tour of a hydroelectric facility, or two, at HydroVision International 2019

Attendees at HydroVision International 2019 can choose from several different technical tours to nearby hydro plants. HydroVision International, the world’s largest hydroelectric industry event, is behind held the week of July 22 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., U.S.

Monday, July 22, features two very different full-day tours.

The Bonneville Lock and Dam and Dalles Hydroelectric Facilities tour features two hydroelectric facilities operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. At 2,100 MW, The Dalles is one of the ten largest hydropower facilities in the U.S. It was completed in 1957 to provide the Pacific Northwest with a reliable water source for hydropower, navigation, recreation, fish passage, irrigation and flood mitigation. And the 1,050-MW Bonneville facility is the last dam on the Columbia River before it enters the Pacific Ocean. The first powerhouse, spillway and original navigation lock were completed in 1938 to improve navigation on the river and provide hydropower to the Pacific Northwest. A second powerhouse was completed in 1981 and a larger navigation lock in 1993.

The Irrigation Hydro tour showcases In-conduit hydropower projects, which are experiencing a resurgence in the western U.S. as irrigation districts convert open canals used to transport water for agricultural use into piped, pressurized systems. Two Oregon-based non-profits, Farmers Conservation Alliance and Energy Trust of Oregon, are leading these efforts through a process they call Irrigation Modernization. You’ll visit the beautiful Hood River valley, where some of the world’s finest apples and pears are produced using water delivered by two very different irrigation districts: East Fork and Farmers.

Each tour costs $130 and lunch is included.

The half-day tour on Tuesday, July 23, takes attendees to the 136-MW Merwin Dam hydro facility on the Lewis River. This is one element of the three-powerhouse Lewis River Hydroelectric Project, which has a total capacity of 510 MW. All of these projects are located in a scenic area near Mt. St. Helens in the Cascade mountain range. The Merwin Dam project, which began operating in 1931, is located at a 313-foot-high concrete arch type dam. It features an upstream collection and transport facility, completed in 2014, that facilitates collection of adult fish (salmon and steelhead) for transport upstream of Swift Dam.

The tour costs $50.

Include one of these technical tours in your HydroVision International plans and take advantage of an irreplaceable opportunity to learn about the unique hydro facilities near Portland.

For more information on the tours, click here.

To register for HydroVision International, click here.

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