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Hydraulic engineers use weirs, like the one shown below, to control upstream flow conditions. Weirs can come in many forms, but they essentially look like a small dam with water flowing over the top. They’re used to control both the flow rate and the upstream water level. As Grady from Practical Engineering explains, there are a few characteristics hydraulic engineers can vary to help adapt to changing water conditions. Check out the full video above to learn more about these important engineering features you’ve likely seen but never learned about. (Video and image credit: Practical Engineering)

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