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May 7, 2014
SELAH — Farmers across the Yakima Basin depend on a network of canals to deliver water for their crops. Now, scientists believe the canals could provide another resource to the region: renewable energy.
Capturing the energy contained in the water flowing in the Northwest's rivers is nothing new — hydropower dams have been doing that since the 1930s. But new turbine technology can create electricity without using dams or reservoirs, which carry environmental impacts.
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