Kinni River Corridor Project

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In general, dams slow the flow of water and change the habitat in the area of the reservoir from riverine to lake/pond. Both the dams operate in a “run-of-river” fashion, so the same amount of water that flows to the reservoir flows through the dam. Therefore, reduced flows are not an issue. Because the Kinni is a cold-water stream, the reservoirs warm up and contribute to a warming of the lower river. The reservoirs can trap sediments from upstream, preventing excess downstream sedimentation. However, reducing downstream sedimentation can also starve the lower river of sediment that would contribute to greater in-stream habitat diversity on the lower river.