Hydro Guides

Hydropower Licensing Guide

The Hydropower Licensing Guide is published to encourage effective citizen participation in the licensing of non-federal hydropower projects. Citizen participation assures that licenses protect and restore fish and wildlife resources, recreation, and water quality of the rivers affected by these projects.

MHK Recreation Guide

The Hydrokinetic Energy Projects & Recreation: A Guide to Assessing Impacts, or the MHK Recreation Guide, provides general information about hydrokinetic technologies and the permitting process, identifies potential recreational concerns, and suggests ways to study and mitigate those impacts. 

The Guide was jointly produced with the National Park Service, Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Programs, with support from the Department of Interior.

Activists' Preparation Guide

The Activist’s Preparation Guide (pdf version) focuses on the six-month-to-two-year preparatory phase before the relicensing begins. While this guide is targeted toward citizen activists, it can help governmental agencies, tribes, organizations, and businesses understand the relicensing process and how to play a productive role in it.

Science Guide

The Science Guide discusses the range of studies available to evaluate the effects of a typical hydropower project, advising on the advantages and disadvantages of an approach. Included is a matrix that catalogues all potential project effects, organized by resource area.

Shorelands Guide

This Shorelands Guide is designed to guide those interested in achieving shoreline land protection through the FERC relicensing process. It outlines the legal framework and strategies to develop a forceful case. The case studies show how thousands of very valuable shoreline and watershed acres have been protected during relicensing as part of protection, mitigation or enhancement requirements.

Media Guide

The Media Guide produced by the Coalition offers practical tips for dealing with the media – from responding to questions and handling a “crisis” to proper television appearance and interview techniques. 

Flows and Recreation Guide

This Flows and Recreation Guide (pdf version) is intended to facilitate decision-making to define flows for recreation on regulated rivers. It provides a framework and methodologies for assessing flows for recreational use. Ideally, it will be used to enhance the quality of study requests and plans, as well as the implementation of studies and resolution of disputes.

Please refer to our Glossary page to understand the terminologies used in our guides.