Highland water works
Glacial valleys, with their steep sides and high rainfall, are ideal for damming to create reservoirs for drinking water and hydroelectric power.
This creates local jobs and new opportunities for sports and businesses, such as fish farming. It also provides people in other parts of the country with water and renewable electricity.
- Damming has a major impact on local environments
- Flooding valleys and altering the course of rivers affects the water cycle and prevents the landscape being used by farmers, tourists and wildlife
- Dams are considered by some to be blots on the landscape
Water flowing over Derwent Dam in Derbyshire