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Coelho discusses potential dangers of Lake Conestee Dam

Gustavo Coelho, Earth, Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Last updated May 25, 2023

By Clinton Colmenares, Director of News and Media Strategy


Gustavo Coelho, assistant professor of water resources in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Sustainability Sciences, was interviewed by Fox Carolina about the potential dangers of the Lake Conestee Dam, a structure built in the 19th century. The water in Lake Conestee, held back by the dam, has high levels of heavy metals from the long-ago textile industry. Coelho, who worked as a water resources engineer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, before earning his doctorate at George Mason University, told viewers the dam needs to be monitored closely.

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