Upstream: invisible eddies

The water upstream of a generating station may seem calm, but below the surface are powerful eddies that can drag you under. This is a very real drowning hazard.

Downstream: unpredictable churning

Downstream from a generating station, the water is agitated when the turbines are running. The water may seem calm when the turbines stop, but if they were to suddenly start up again, you wouldn’t be able to make it out of the churning waters.

How to stay safe near hydroelectric generating stations

  • Never come near a hydroelectric generating station. It’s just like getting too close to a waterfall. Keep your distance!
  • Obey all warning signs and never cross booms.

Video: Staying safe near a hydroelectric generating station

Always steer clear of hydroelectric generating stations, including when you’re boating. These images will give you an idea of the very real hazards you may face, both downstream and upstream of a generating station.