Hydroelectrics obviously need a source of water in order to perform the task of generating energy. As a result, these structures, such as the Snowy Mountain Hydroelectric Scheme or Hoover Dam, are located by nature’s water sources. Energy is not the only result of these projects, however. Tourism of these sites and the nature that surround them are major projects in their own right. Hoover Dam created Big Ridge Lake, a popular American vacation spot to this day. The Snowy Mountains themselves are a winter wonderland for Australians, while Snowy Mountain Hydro Discovery Center educates visitors to the role the Scheme played in history and how it impacts life in Australia today. For more information on tourism by the Snowy Mountain Hydroelectric, please see:
http://www.snowyhydro.com.au/discover/ and http://www.snowymountains.com.au/
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